PRINT February 1988

Peter Schjeldahl


IS: How do you feel about the use of certain words such as “post,” “late,” “neo”?

PS: They block thinking. They assume all sorts of stuff. I don’t use jargon like that. Which isn’t to say I’m not attentive to the ideas; I try to translate them into English. And either there’s something there or there isn’t. If it doesn’t survive the translation there’s nothing there. “Postness” is definitely a feeling we have. “Post-Modern” makes so many assumptions about what “Modern” means. Mainly it seems to me to translate into, We don’t have to know what we’re talking about because it’s over. Which is a very Modern tenet. It seems like everything about all of the functions of the term “post-Modern” in terms of thinking are very Modern, very Modernist. It’s just the same old thing.

LS: Is it the same old thing, or the same wonderful thing?

PS: Oh, the same wonderful

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