Jean Baudrillard

from cool memories iv

A large part of contemporary writing, both novels and poetry, has become user-friendly. It works as an all-inclusive package, references and allusions supplied, the whole thing ready-to-go, with the message thrown in as a bonus. It has given up its pact with the reader, given up that ‘exotic’ complicity which depends on an acute sense of distance, separation, severance, ‘a dam which stops up the river of consciousness to raise its level, intensify its force and build its energy....’ Collusion with the reader is merely the product of facility.