Sunday, November 28, 2010

Showing what you see ..

... in what you read: The Rest Is Criticism. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)


  1. An interesting summation, which covers a lot of ground and rather aptly describes the current tensions and state of affairs.

    The problem, though, remains what Randal Jarrell is said to have said: Why read the thorny masterpiece when you can read a book ABOUT it, that's easier to read, and paraphrases the hard bits?

    And in a way, even this summation is somewhat guilty of doing just that. It is a conundrum.

  2. The T.S. Eliot quote on self-criticism is very apt. I have always been convinced that writers must be their own most stringent editor. Relying on someone else means you're not doing your job.