Friday, June 16, 2017

Hmm …

 Brilliance Into Darkness. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

As Irwin puts it, “Kees’s subject is the meaninglessness of repetition in a world devoid of transcendence….”
Well, if you don't happen to think the world is devoid of transcendence, this subject will not appeal.  So yes:

This credible claim puts the burden on Kees’s admirers to distinguish between his masterful, innovative technique, rivaled only by Auden in the twentieth century, and his relentlessly destructive messaging.
Great learning and masterful technique do not alone great literature make. A noble theme is needed as well.

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