I've pointed out here before, in various entries, that the irony of the lecture on modernism has become increasingly obvious and disabling. The problem will be to define or at least describe an alternative.
Earlier I mentioned how dazzled I was when I re-read Norman Mailer's Miami and the Siege of Chicago. I'm still dazzled. I love the way his figures (windy, awkward conceits) run amok. Here's one...about styles of speechifying: