22 mar. 2004

Tympan's brilliant contribution to the sonnet debate.

Why do people who try to write music like Chopin in the present time end up writing like Billy Joel? (Billy Joel, for example). Forms have a history. There is no intrinsic reason why a painter today couldn't go out and try to paint like Monet. But no serious painter is doing this. Why not? Why does no one worship the Greek gods any more? Anachronism is very interesting historically, but it remains anachronism. Are contemporary "pagans" ironic? If they aren't, they should be.