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Ok, here's the first item: Karl Ove Knausgaard's "My Struggle". I mention it because there are some striking parallels to Benji and MK's new direction in general. Knausgaard is a Norwegian novelist who started a massive project some years ago: Six volumes of autobiographical writing. He's hailed as the most prominent figure in a new literary movement of writers. They all share the opinion that's there no need for more and more fictional stories, they rather write about their own lives. They say no to any embellishment and have a rather large output - Knausgaard is said to write 20 pages a day. There's a quite longish piece about him in The New Yorker. Notice the first sentence:
"Walter Benjamin, in his great essay 'The Storyteller', written in the nineteen-thirties, argues that classic storytelling is structured around death." Does that ring a bell? Further on, they quote a passage that might easily fit into a MK song:
"When Karl tells us about how much he liked playing the guitar, and how much he liked the equipment, he lists all of it:
'I also loved all the accessories guitar-playing involved, the fuzz box, the chorus pedal, the leads, the plugs, the plectrums, and the small packets of strings, the bottleneck, the capo, the lined guitar case and all its small compartments. I loved the brand names: Gibson, Fender, Hagstrøm, Rickenbacker, Marshall, Music Man, Vox, and Roland.'"
Here's a link to the full article: