Richard Kadrey: Trash culture is more subversive than art could ever be

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"I am a very big believer in the power of trash: trash pop culture, trash literature. I really have a lot of affection and belief in that stuff, because art scares people. Trash, pop culture doesn't. You can put in all the subversive crazy stuff you want in trash culture that will change people's perceptions of the world, and they will read it and they will take it in. Whereas in art they are going to run from it. So subvert the world through trash." — Kill The Dead author Richard Kadrey, on Minnesota Public Radio

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Chris Braak

Wait...wait, though. If you put meaning and subversion into "trash" culture, then it's art by definition.

Does he mean that "trash" isn't defined by quality, depth, subtlety, but by topic?