Posted: Jun 6, 2007 5:26 pm
I think he's moved from just being a writer writing a story to being a writer, and that's what bothers me. It's like when I first saw Hall & Oates or Men At Work on Solid Gold - it just ruins it for me. I don't give a shit about the artist, I just want good work. Nowadays, I'd argue, he's about the artist. He's the mysterious, fiercely private loner. Good for him as he's 74. I don't say that his recent stuff isn't well written, but, well, it isn't well written if, as a reader, I feel jerked around and the tone he so fervently aspires to build, goes nowhere. No payoff. That was my biggest gripe with 'The Road'. CFZ.