In Defense of Aesthetic Criticism

Vox explains the new political pop culture criticism: But whether it’s superficial or perceptive, today’s pop cultural criticism can't seem to ignore social issues. Another excerpt, on how today's "your fave is problematic" approach differs from Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris's art-for-art's-sake critical stylings: Writers like Kael or Andrew Sarris (who disliked the anti-McCarthyite Western … Continue reading In Defense of Aesthetic Criticism

Notes Toward a Manifesto on Modern Fiction

Charles Finch (via): In other words, here we are: smack in the middle of the second dominant style of the novel in our century. The first, beginning in the late 1990s, produced what was sometimes called "the information novel" or, pejoratively, "hysterical realism," and its dizzy energy suited the frenzied, glossy, techy turn of the … Continue reading Notes Toward a Manifesto on Modern Fiction