On the difference between art and advertising

…even a really beautiful, ingenious, powerful ad (of which there are a lot) can never be any kind of real art: an ad has no status as gift, i.e. it’s never really for the person it’s directed at.

– David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again

And poached in this really amazing essay from Harper’s “The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism” by Jonathan Lethem which you should read immediately.

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  1. Posted September 11, 2010 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Indeed!

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