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Of course I couldn’t resist using the cover from the Czech edition.

Here on this blog and elsewhere on the internet I’ve drifted in and out of conversations about the New Weird to varying degrees of success. The main trouble is that no one quite seems to know what it actually is. Well, there is a rather simple explanation: the New Weird is the work of a bunch of authors who decided to call their work New Weird, but that’s hardly satisfactory. There are a few shared characteristics that are not, however, limited to one specific movement. Since the job of defining New Weird is outside the scope of a single blog post, we’ll leave it as “I know it when I see it”, and move on to critique.

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ETA: I don’t hold many of these opinions anymore–I cannot, in all seriousness, call myself a postmodernist (and I wasn’t much of one even back then). However, I still think the below article is interesting enough to leave online, and it addresses some issues that are worth further exploration. – November 2013

For a long time, I considered myself an adversary of postmodernism.  Mostly, I think, because the word and ideology got obscured with overuse, appropriated by the sorts of people who wear scarves in the summer and tartan-patterned berets.  Postmodernism and pseudo-intellectualism seem to go hand in hand.  It is only quite slowly that I came to realize, much to my own horror, that I am a postmodernist, both in my approach to history, and in my views on fiction.

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