Archive for June 14, 2009

Genius vs. Retarded

Posted in Writing Related on June 14, 2009 by carltonmellick

Recently, somebody online said that Jeff Burk’s bizarro novel “Shatnerquake” walks the fine line between genius and retarded. I don’t know how Jeff feels about that, but I think it’s a big compliment. Most of my favorite movies and books are pretty retarded works of genius.

Although it’s not a definitive element of bizarro, I do think a lot of bizarro walks the fine line between genius and retarded…as well as the fine line between garbage and art, or scary and funny, or simplistic and complex. In other words, bizarro is low brow entertainment and high brow entertainment at the same time.
That’s something I really like about bizarro fiction.

Here are some other examples of genius/retarded works of art/entertainment:

south park

SOUTH PARK

Devo

DEVO

JOHN WATERS

JOHN WATERS

KATHY ACKER

KATHY ACKER

AEON FLUX

AEON FLUX