Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck

Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972 by Adrienne Rich My rating: 3 of 5 stars In the blurb on the cover of this paperback, Margaret Atwood promises that this book "forces you to decide not just what you think about it, but what you think about yourself." Rich's seventh collection, written in the early '70s, … Continue reading Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck

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

George A. Walker, ed., Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels

Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels by George A. Walker My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book, edited by George A. Walker, collects four wordless novels or picture novels of the early twentieth century. The picture novel is a form that flourished largely between the two world wars and was then forgotten except for … Continue reading George A. Walker, ed., Graphic Witness: Four Wordless Graphic Novels