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 The study of literature as an art form, of its techniques for delighting and instructing, has been replaced by an amalgam of bad epistemology and worse prose that goes by many names but can be summed up as Theory.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.