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Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2008 09:12 pm
Journalism 1, Life 0

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(Anonymous)
Wed, Dec. 3rd, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
Fame

Hi Momus,

I think I might be starting to become renowned in my field, but I am not sure. The signs are quite subtle. If I am right, it's very strange because being well known has never been an objective, although it's possible I might grow to like it.

I hope you don't mind me asking you, as a famous person, what are the embryonic signs that one is moving from obscurity to fame? How and when did you first realise that you were beginning to get famous?


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Dec. 3rd, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Fame

Where on earth do you get the idea that Momus is famous? The whirlwind media frenzy over his latest album? Point me to one single mainstream publication that has even acknowledged its existence.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Dec. 3rd, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Fame

How can you say that he isn't famous?

I have known about Momus since I was 12 in the late 1980's, having first read a brief article about him in Smash Hits, of all publications.

And later the people I knew at uni knew about and liked him, and now the people I know at work have at least heard about him, if not his music. People seem to know his name and music, so how can you say that he isn't famous?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Dec. 3rd, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Fame

I think I'm what's technically referred to as a "cult", rather than famous!

At the end of the 80s (when you saw me in Smash Hits) and at the end of the 90s I had little extra filips of fame, and what I noticed -- the thing that differentiated those from the steady state of cultdom -- is that people get irritated to have you dandled in front of them like some miraculous boy-child. The famous get a lot of passive-aggressive grumbling and slagging because they're constantly promoted in an evangelical fashion to audiences who are inclined to resist them. A cult, on the other hand, just focuses on getting work out and hoping that an enterprising, elective audience will come to him. Those people, having made an effort to track you down, are clearly not going to be passive-aggressive and grumbly. They're going to be proactive and enthusiastic. I definitely prefer the cult state of fame. I like small rooms and smart audiences.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Dec. 3rd, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Fame

Thanks Momus.

I wonder, could it be that I am becoming a "cult" then?

People have started writing to me from all over the world, and I am not sure in most cases what to say back or what tone to adopt, what tack to take. I have tried being matey, but then they keep writing more and more. Not exactly spilling their guts, just more and more, like they want to make friends with the person they think I am. I have tried being aloof, enigmatic, but then I feel I'm being rude and treading on people's feelings.



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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Dec. 3rd, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Fame

Fuck 'em!

No, really, fuck them all. One by one. But wear a condom.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Dec. 3rd, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Fame

Fuck 'em all, you say, gay and straight - but what of Rilke and Kappus's template?

RW


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Dec. 3rd, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Fame

You mean that love should "liberate itself from the beloved"? Good point. Use three condoms.


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