There is a lot of insight in what Sterling says; he articulates something I have been thinking about lately. After that big, all-white square painting by... (Rothko?, I can't remember), where can the art of painting go, away from figurative representation? After John Cage, where can music go? After "Finnegan's Wake", go try and write something audacious. Perhaps it is not that bad. Perhaps we understood that the idea was simply to be every time less linear, less conventional, less "logical", and now we have reached, not the end of the road, but the end of that road. Maybe we don't have to exhaust ourselves any more trying to be original and may relax and simply be ourselves as artists and persons. Same with fashion, it seems all has been tried, so just dress and make your hair the way you like it and that's that.
A note on rock: I do like rock, especially alternative rock. Some things are good, but I found nothing that is great, nothing awe-inspiring, no works that try to be as ambitious as what Pink Floyd, The Who or Led Zeppelin tried to do. Just plain nice songs. Is that good or bad? I don't know. (Some suggestions, Sterling? I'm always glad to find new good music, and I'm kind of lost with new rock. By the way, tonight I'm attending a concert with Beethoven's violin music. Now that's vintage and good!
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