When we put satellites around the planet Darwinian nature ended. The earth became an artform subject to the same programming as media networks and their environments. The entire evolutionary process shifted...from biology to technology. Evolution became not an involuntary response of organisms to new conditions but part of the consensus of human consciousness. (McLuhan)
Interviewer: I read that you got a lot of backlash for writing a bad review of Maya Angelou's book, A Song Flung Up To Heaven. Why do you think that happened?
Wanda Coleman: Well, actually, I wrote a great and accurate rip of Maya Angelou's fake book...My rip of Song seems to have since liberated literary critics worldwide. I've never seen so many sacred cows given the ax. However, the controversy over my review was water off Angelou's back. She has a “magic mack”—she is a charming, well-spoken one-book author who was able to parlay her success with I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and a brief friendship with James Baldwin into a monster literary career. She has had the blessings of such notables as Oprah Winfrey (who shed tears on the air, she was so moved by Maya's pap) and President Clinton (who added to her celebrity by anointing her Poet Laureate of the nation). Even President and First Lady Obama have dropped her name. Thus, Maya is imbued with heavy-duty literary influence—much akin to the holy powers of the Pope— which usually inspires fear among academics and tends to mute criticism from all quarters.