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Paperback, Published in Feb 2016 by Fitzcarraldo Editions

ISBN10: 1910695041 | ISBN13: 9781910695043

Page count: 154

What is pretentiousness? Why are we afraid of it? And more controversially: why is it vital to a thriving culture? This bookwill argue that pretentiousness is the engine oil of culture; that it has always been an essential lubricant in the developmentof the arts, from the most wildly successful pop music and fashion through to the most recondite avenues of literature andthe visual arts. Demonstrating how pretentiousness forms part of daily life, this book aims to ignite a lively debate aboutpublic discourse around the arts, advocating critical imagination and open-mindedness over knee-jerk accusations of elitismor simple fear of the new and the different. Drawing on the author's own experiences growing up and working at the moreradical edges of the arts, this book is a timely defence of pretentiousness as a necessity for innovation and diversity in ourculture.

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