iSteve commenter Abe writes:
… I’ve noticed the hate-the-smart-sensitive-white-guy coefficient going through the roof lately. For example, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman has a new novel out called ANT KIND. As you may recall Kaufman, during his late-90’s through mid-00’s hot streak of BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, & ADAPTATION, was pretty much the STUFF WHITE PEOPLE LIKE [SWPL] “It Boy”, part of a sort of self-congratulatory hipster Holy Trinity circle jerk along with the likes of Spike Jonze and Banksy.
While Kaufman was never quite my cup of tea (as with Wes Anderson, there is too much self-willed “wow, this is clever and ambitious so I’m going to force myself to delight in it”, rather than actual- you know- spontaneous, feelings of delight) I certainly appreciate his great talent. So I was reading the reviews of ANT KIND to see if this was something I’d want to buy eventually and- gosh- very first review I read the customer-reader is sneering about what a piece of postmodernist white male navel gazing this is. Seen like hate on recent reviews of Rick Moody, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen books as well.
These guys were culture heroes a decade ago, aesthetically and politically impeccable I’m sure, but the era of the great white male hero, even in the mode of great white rebel against his great white father, is so over and problematic. White guys must now be “allies”, which means standing at the back of the room silently until asked to go fetch coffee.
Anderson’s works, which if I could assign a single meaning to I’d say represent a sort of collective dreamscape for smart, sensitive, talented white boys rejoicing in this amazing Earth and all that is of interest in it- is the sort of primordial ooze out of which every once in a while an Elon Musk is made. That is why very soon Wes Anderson will have to be destroyed.