August 21, 2007
William Gibson and the New Baroque
Terrific interview with William Gibson over at The Onion A.V. Club — it includes this bit:
I don’t know what constitutes “noir” in 2007. I mean, would The Wire be noir? I don’t think so. Actually, noir — I was taught in college — is a kind of baroque pop version of literary naturalism. Anyway, that’s the way some critics have looked at it. I think that a show like The Wire is the closest we come these days to naturalism. It’s a genuine, authentic attempt at naturalism. I’ve never really attempted naturalism before, but I value it a lot, so all of its more baroque forms have been very valuable to me. One of them, I think, is noir.
I haven’t thought about stuff like that since I was an undergraduate. [Laughs.] I’m amazed I can still do it.
Any more nominations for modern baroque in any medium? Or, jeez, good definitions? I feel like I know what it means but can’t necessarily articulate it with any great precision.