Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Goldstein, Rebecca Newberger. "Theory, Literature, Hoax." NEW YORK TIMES April 29, 2010

Update: Read Thomas Apolis' response here: http://thomasapolis.com/2010/05/14/unveiling-the-hoax-in-goldsteins-new-york-times-essay/. Original Post: We love stories as much as we need them, but a funny thing has happened to departments of literature. The study of literature as an art form, of its techniques for delighting and instructing, has been replaced by an amalgam of bad epistemology and worse prose that goes by many names but can be summed up as Theory. The situation seems to call for a story, and one written in the style of Jorge Luis Borges, the grand chronicler of the tragicomic struggle between humans and logic. . . . Read the rest here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/09/books/review/Goldstein-t.html?pagewanted=all.

1 comment:

  1. Goldstein is being inconsistent with this essay, whatever her intended purpose is. I wrote an article generally lambasting her thoughts - however accurate some of them might be - that may be of interest to those literary person who have read it: "Unveiling the 'Hoax' of Goldstein's New York Times article" at http://thomasapolis.com/2010/05/14/unveiling-the-hoax-in-goldsteins-new-york-times-essay