Tuesday, August 21, 2012

News at Eleven (Back Page): But outside of the walls of the formal academy,

where fewer and fewer of the brightest minds are finding cover these days, most of what we like is simply that: what we like. We can invent theories to back up our preferences, as both [Stephanie] Nikolopulus and [Amanda] Marcotte are guilty of in their pieces. But to dismiss On the Road the way Marcotte does, as "babbling nonsense," is ultimately a form of ignorance, the ignorance that comes when one reads literature as having some sort of moral responsibility. And not only that, a responsibility that must reflect the morality of a particular type of reader.

from The Huffington Post: In Defense of Jack Kerouac and Other Flawed Literature


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