Samuel R. Delany, Babel-17

Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany My rating: 4 of 5 stars In a coruscating epistolary critique of The Bluest Eye, innocuously titled "Letter to Q——" in the 2005 collection About Writing, Samuel R. Delany tabulates what he sees as the many flaws of Toni Morrison's classic first novel. The gravamen of his indictment is that Morrison… Continue reading Samuel R. Delany, Babel-17

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