Thursday, September 01, 2022

A fine appreciation …

… A Yiddish colossus | Ben Felsenburg | The Critic Magazine. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Singer died in 1991. How would this uncompromising, iconoclastic figure have been received in the current cultural regime? A newly published collection of essays, Old Truths And New Clichés, reveals a thinker who would never have submitted to today’s narrowing strictures and ideological edicts. Lamenting the politicisation of literature, Singer rails against writers who “came to the conclusion that instead of telling stories that happened some time ago — yesterday, a week, or a hundred years before — we should instead plan the future … It was a very big mistake”.

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