To the Point

There comes a time in every epoch when pragmatism simply evolves into extreme acquiescence and surrender to the forces of apathy and do-nothingness, a guarantor of the status quo in all of its easy, democratic criminality--its fortress of greed. You could line up all the pols in the U.S. in a straight row and examine them head to toe and not find a single man or woman capable of admitting, never mind ending, the corruption of their vocation--Buddy Dooley

Monday, April 1, 2013

You Got That Right, Pal


K.C. Bacon turned me on to this Joseph Epstein essay from the Wall Street Journal.  I agree with it in the main, though I could quibble about a few of Epstein's lesser points.

The author's thesis is strong, if obvious to those of us in the writing trade.  Few people care about poetry outside of academia.

Bacon reminded me of another Epstein essay that I read years ago, which covered a lot of the above material in more depth.

"Who Killed Poetry" is actually the better read if you have a little time to digest it.

TS

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