Friday, August 31, 2007

The literary racket...

"... every attack on the 'formalist' aspect of modernistic painting and scupture has worked out as an attack at the same time on superior artistic standards." -- Clement Greenberg, "Necessity of Formalism," 1971

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"... reviewing has ceased to have anything to do with criticism; honest and intelligent reviews still occur, but the function of reviewing (the legitimate) function has lapsed." -- F.R. Leavis, "The Literary Racket," 1932

The more things change, the more... (Oh, I suppose we would nowadays object to terms such as "superior," "standards," and "legitimate.)

I wish someone would update Richard Kostelanetz's "Literary Politics in America: The End of Intelligent Writing."

Currently reading :
The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition

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