|New Image of Rob - Man - Playa|
With this look it is impossible for them to treat him like a beautiful silly adorable boy
who plays a vampire
Rob: Yeah, definitely. I was supposed to meet up with him the last time I was in Paris and then I couldn’t do it but yeah, he’s one of my favorite writers.
Xavier is a real interviewer. This is how you do it. (entire interview)
He knew very well that Rob has read Houellebecq because he does his homework.(My post here) The question is a "floating sign" to Rob that he is intelligent, asks interesting questions, and is hip - probably ensuring Rob will favor him in the future. The question is also a "floating sign" that he sees Rob as an intelligent well-read man, not a silly Hollywood movie star, whose fangirls want to "jump his bones". And it is the very LAST question so it screams out. Perfect placing in time. And clearly Xavier likes Houellebecq or he wouldn't have highlighted him. Nor linked him to Rob. With Paris adoring Rob, and Rob regarding Houellebecq as "one of my favorite writers", Xavier has used Rob's affection for Houellebecq to punch a hole into the media's Dominating Discourse about Houellebecq. This is how it is done folks. Or at least 1 way.
You can bet the farm that his Parisian fangirls will be at the bookstores tomorrow getting Houellebecq and watching The Prophet on DVD, since he mentioned Jacques Audiard. Meanwhile back at the ranch his American fangirls are drooling over his new look, his mouth, his hair, his clothes, his sexiness, etc etc etc. Now do you suppose Rob would prefer a European or an American fangirl?
The MDD about Houellebecq is hatred. BHL and Houllebecq are considered Public Enemies so BHL suggested they write a book of letters to each other. They don't know each other as acquaintances or as friends. Houellebecq is everything BHL is not. The one thing they share is the hatred they inspire.
This quote translated by curioushairedgal indicates why many would hate him for writing this:
The Art of Struggle … investigates issues of alienation, individualism and disillusionment
If you knew the GAN TowerThen you’d know my life
(from untitled poem on p.47)
Michel Houellebecq, Rester vivant(The Art of Struggle or How To Live) (1999)I came across an old proleLooking for the son he’d lostIn GAN Tower, the graveyardOf disheartened revolutionaries.
(from untitled poem on p.73)
"who speaks of beauty as a promise of
Nietzsche in Genealogy
Small independent filmmakers don't go after stars like Rob because they think they cost too much and they can't afford it. So he is telling them that he wants to work with them. The Prophet is a low budget very fine film. It got independent theatre distribution.