pretty pretty pictures
CB: Academia has conditioned me to prefer descriptive explanation supported by some sort of argument about a book’s structure (i.e. “how it is written”) and the book’s functions (i.e. “why it is written). I dislike reviewers who indulge in a cursory summary of a book, then proceed to offer their
own set of judgemental impressions, based upon a presumed paradigm of shared values between the reviewer and the audience–and alas, most reviews seem to partake of this model of literary critique.
CB: Academia has conditioned me to write arguments that fit the allowable allotment of words. I prefer to discuss a book in terms of its structural, if not functional
details, quoting samples that might illustrate my exposition. I might at times try to situate the work within the context of either the oeuvre of the author or the school of the poetry (whatever seems most appropriate…).
CB: Good creative writers now have to be good critical writers–especially if they want to argue on their own behalf for the merits of their work. I think that, especially among the avant-garde, cultural critique obliges writers to adopt the skills of a reviewer, if only so that such radical writers can anticipate dismissive commentary and respond to it with ironclad defenses in its favour.
DEVOURED BY THE ABYSS OF MY OWN DREAM: SELF ABSORPTION
and now…the pictures
and…finally decided upon some eyeglass frames. its taken all of 3 months:
these TomFords but in a color called “deep Havana red”