Friday, October 15, 2021

The Anxiety of Affluence

If you remember, “Rappers Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang samples Chic's “Good Times." But the Sugar Hill Gang was itself produced by Sylvia Robinson of Mickey and Sylvia "Love is Strange" fame. What better example of Harold Bloom’s Anxiety of Influence across the board (or up and down and sideways). You might also term this tome The Influence of Castration Anxiety which is likely to become required reading and a needed addition to the Canon (whether one is referencing Western literature or Pachelbel). Or perhaps The Anxiety of Affluence is more apropos. Maybe tonight’s assignment is to watch The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols and  starring Dustin Hoffman, to introduce a loaded canon.

Read "Why Big German Words Like Vergangenbangenheit Carry Weight" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "Rapper's Delight"by The Sugarhill Gang (1979)

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