"... 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
"... 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."
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