Friday, February 18, 2011

Minor aspirations and mock debate

Literary reviews provide no more viable standards than I.Q. tests or annual income. They are simply another alternative; an attempt to bind temperament and action through language. Without resorting to epilogues or manifestoes, we want to embellish those proper nouns and common verbs which have made our culture too often a vehicle for minor aspirations and mock debate.

-- Charles Newman, ca. 1964, on the role of litmags - in the now-defunct TriQuarterly, which he edited for many years

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