Merve summarizes the reasons here: First of all, the dependence of art criticism on the work of art does not necessarily make it less significant. Certainly, art criticism needs the artwork to exist and it is constructed on it.
A male-and-female construction crew is arguing about zone defense. His face splits in a grin as the guy takes the mike: He tells a long story about walking into a drugstore and leaving with a blow job and a mystery—an unsolvable tale about performers and audiences—and then turns the story into an argument, a thesis, critical theory: People kept telling us how country songs had to be simple and true to be great.
Fred [Rose] and I knew that was bullshit. We knew they had to be clear and perfect. Let me take an example. And that, God help us, is probably true. But it will never come undone. Because it is clear and perfect about the feelings, which, unfortunately, your average Southern boy would no more admit to having than he would admit to having the clap.
So, however much my songs made me into a rich Somebody, they never made me into one of the boys. His arguments—which most often, and most effectively, come in the form of stories, mini memoirs, memories that have been touched so many times they have become personal legends, personal legends that he now means to make into public discourse—are almost always clear, or carried forward by such strength of narrative voice, such giddy confidence, that they seem absolutely clear.
They are often perfect. So you blink, and when you open your eyes Hank Williams is gone.
The smile on the face of Jean-Paul is sly now, almost smug.OCTOBER PRIEST OF THE MONTH - REV. TIMOTHY KOESTER. The name, Fr. Tim Koester, may not be very familiar to some people. Ordained for the Diocese of Buffalo in , Fr.
Tim has been serving our country outside of Western New York for the past 28 years.
It is the written equivalent of air guitar--flurries of silent, sympathetic gestures with nothing at their heart but the memory of the music." I should immediately add that although Hickey means every word of this disclaimer, he also means to sandbag us--the essay in question ends up situating criticism on the barricades of democratic militance.
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