Thursday, September 01, 2011

Psst ...

... When Falls the Coliseum � Concerning academic pornography.

... I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Epstein’s general thesis. American literature has been ghettoized into fractions (not only mystery and science fiction, but Asian American novels, feminist novels, novels of disability, etc), creating bite-sized fodder for the classroom which is irrelevant to any universal understanding of value, meaning, or a simple enjoyment of life itself through this art form. Acceptable politics have replaced religion as the gatekeeper to the heaven of the academic reading list. Anti-Americanism is an absolute. The popular novel is dismissed with a wave of the hand as a necessary evil to keep the bills paid.

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