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The market town of the economic and spiritual rather than geographic periphery of the former Yugoslavia is still known as the palanka.

Karaoke Culture

While I like Ugresic’s voice here, and I think she is an intensely intelligent thinker and writer, too many of these essays also felt reactionary and removed. Karaoke-people are everything but revolutionaries, innovators, or people who will change the world. Makes my brain fizz.

I think it would be a great read for those who love more academic books and those who have a deep background or knowledge of Europe. Whether it’s commentary on jaded youth, the ways technology has made us soft in the head, or how wrestling dugravka hotel minibar into a bathtub is the best way to stick it to The Man, Ugresic writes with unmatched honesty and panache.

Those are dubravkka words, but Ugresic has seen the damage that slavish and unthinking adherence to one cultural ideal can do. Former Yugoslavia is where you get your dodgy bouncer types, big stupid hench-lumps of muscle.

And, connecting some of her themes, she notes that in this new, Recipient- and amateur-dominated scene: The participant becomes a facile representation of the artist, attempting to become the artist and, worst of all, surrendering to the celebrity culture that has spawned it.


Aug 15, Zoe Elizabeth rated it liked it Recommends it for: Of these four, the two middle essays are absolutely excellent, both about Hgresic and former-Yugoslav literature, using it as ways to explore the history and culture of the region. For her, fan fiction is the worst of all things. Ugresic, can be funny when she makes these observations. Karaoke Culture is often hilarious, yet also a profound commentary on how much modern conveniences have twisted the world so rapidly in recent years.

Where this essay works, it pops. It’s a bit mean-spirited at times a statement it’s impossible to make without being so oneself Today people are more interested in flight form dubravak than discovering their authentic self.

Ugresic has a catching, intelligent, and humorous voice. Part of the allure is for the amateur to wrest the microphone away from the stars and, for a moment, to take their place in the limelight.

Karaoke Culture By Dubravka Ugresic – A Review

I have no idea what that’s about — i. But that sideshow is a scripted and controlled and not at all the karaoke that she seems to want to talk about.

Lists with This Book. Picked this one up blind while doing research related to a novel concept I’m developing.

Oct 17, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a welcomed addition to Ugresic’s translated works. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The allure of a mythic, bygone Vienna is so profound that those who live in parts of the country that were never part of Kakania half wish that Bucharest had fallen under the Empire.

Pursuing arguments along these lines, taken as a whole, Karaoke Culture reads as an elegy for disappearing values in art and cultural practice.

Karaoke Culture by Dubravka Ugrešić

But in the deepest sense, Ugresic has set out to uncover cultural voids in domains that range from igresic European cultural policy organized in Brussels based on the fantasy of a single—centered—European identity to art-appreciation in its wildest manifestations on the Internet.

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But by the middle of the book, I had to sigh.

Like what you read? I received this book as part of the Goodreads, Firstreads giveway contests, but sadly I can’t say this book really did much for me, but I thought the premise uresic interesting so I’m going to give it three stars anyway. The other day I randomly opened Susan Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others ; there was just over a page about Georges Bataille keeping a photograph on his desk of a Chinese person being tortured; the writing was perfectly pitched, never losing sight of the horror or of intellectual freedom with a hint of discomfort that did not detract from the essential detachment, but which gave the impression that if one said drily, ” This was written five years ago, and inevitably some of the content and perspectives are outdated already.

She has a point.

Dubravka Ugresic’s “Karaoke Culture” – Words Without Borders

I suspect I have an imaginary template for an ‘ideal essayist’ or ‘ideal book of essays’ – the hope that there is a non-fiction equivalent of Darkmans by Nicola Barker, dubravkz, when I read it infelt like someone had put just about every theme and type of character I’d want to put in a novel, in one, and then added a bunch of extra magic I never would have been able to. Ugresic writes with an unsettled tone. Aug 08, Tuck rated it it was dubravks.