I, for one, have read more Flarf books than I'd like to remember, & I wasn't magically converted to a sympathetic view.I'm going to, sort of unapologetically, take this quote by "Superman" out of context (but only a little really). Click here for all the context you can handle.
OK, so it actually amazes me that this sentence I quoted could ever have been uttered by an intelligent person (not to completely single out "Superman" here, intelligent people say this kind of shit all the time). "Hey, you know that band you like, I've listened to them, and I really don't like them". Why do people take so much pride in the things they've somehow "managed" to hate?
I know this sounds crazy to a lot of people, but: If you don't get Flarf, why are you talking about it? Reading a bunch of their books and hating them is a failure not an accomplishment. I'm not saying you should be ashamed or anything. there's a lot of stuff I don't get and don't like, but I'm not proud of it.
I may guide someone away from the New Formalists. But what kind of asshole would I be if I actually entered into an arguement with someone who loved them and tried to tell them that they didn't write "real poetry"?
someguy: "hey, I really love the New Formalists"
Me: "on the contrary, they are stupid because I have read a bunch of their books and think they're stupid"
someguy: "yeah, but... aren't you kind of an asshole?"
And they would win because I am, in that scenario, being kind of an asshole.
And so what if the Emperor isn't wearing any clothes? Why are you being such a prude?