The problem with writing is it never finishes. Foucault’s Daughter was supposed to mark the ‘end’ of something but it has failed in that.
I started talking about fandom, and Pulp and (Saint) Morrissey, and the Great Men of Pop Mythology. Of ‘fagiography’ .
And then I remembered The Uses of Literacy.
The artist Jeremy Deller curated an exhibition of fan art by Manic Street Preachers fans. Yes, there are other fans apart from Morrissey fans. It was also made into a booklet which I own, a shiny silver cover with the set list for one of the Manics’ gigs on the front. Or is it a list of album tracks? I don’t know. I am not a Manics fan. I am a fan of fans.
This is the Deller/Manics book made as a record of the art instillation. I’d forgotten it was called The Uses of Literacy after Richard Hoggart’s book. Hoggart is part of my own, personal childhood hagiography. I cannot escape the Great Men of History.
Deller’s art is all about real and ‘imagined communities’. The cultural studies analysis versus Simpson’s Freudian one. Both are compelling but I think the cultural studies version is more democratic and less hopeless. I think Simpson embraces the community of fandom to an extent, but in order to do that convincingly in Saint Moz he would have needed to have been more ‘democratic’ in citing a variety of sources and bringing to life more voices. He could have cited Deller and the Manics fans if he had have wanted to, as The Uses of Literacy was made in 2000, three years before Saint Morrissey was published…
Being a fan is what joins us together not what sets us apart from each other.