Sunday, March 16, 2008

Latest Literary Conquest

The Rape of the Masters by Roger Kimball. This book is everything I appreciate in criticism: insightful, witty, snarky, and brief! Kimball pokes a gaping hole through the BS that is post-modern art criticism (he could throw in lit crit too -- and perhaps music, but I wouldn't know enough of that). I love it when people plainly state their objectives. Kimball does so -- and delivers. He takes a handful of works by Sargent, Gaugin, Van Gogh, Reubens, and others and shows the sheer lunacy that is read into them by post-modern academics who need a place to vent their identity politics, dirty minds, and whatever other agendas they can read into these works. Highly recommended if you want to know the depths of damage post-modernism can do to modernity and Truth in general. Perfect second text for an art history or humanities class.

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