Saturday, April 16, 2016

yes and no

"To appreciate “King Lear”—or even “The Catcher in the Rye” or “The Fault in Our Stars”—only to the extent that the work functions as one’s mirror would make for a hopelessly reductive experience. But to reject any work because we feel that it does not reflect us in a shape that we can easily recognize—because it does not exempt us from the active exercise of imagination or the effortful summoning of empathy—is our own failure. It’s a failure that has been dispiritingly sanctioned by the rise of “relatable.” In creating a new word and embracing its self-involved implications, we have circumscribed our own critical capacities. That’s what sucks, not Shakespeare."

via http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/scourge-relatability

1 comment:

kold_kadavr_ flatliner said...

Odd.
CHARLENE?
Doesnt sound like a very
Singaporean name.
Nevertheless...

I wanna have YOU Upstairs!!!!!
Why?
Cuzz I dont want you downstairs.
D'oh.