4/20/12

The Critic's Prison and a Way Out

The Critic's Prison is the constriction caused by trying to say what someone meant
This is prevalent in the analysis of Bob Dylan songs
Long blocks of text that surmise what the man means

How about what it means to you
How you understand it
Freedom

The Critic's Prison is presuming to interpret the creator
to explain what the creator had in mind
What would be gained 
Does the artist know

Masses of so-called criticism and scholarship would be spared existence
merely by confining analysis and criticism to
Your understanding
your appreciation
your sense of it

The rest is the judgment Jesus warns us against
The rest is Critic's Prison
the prevalent status of a vast amount of discourse



Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

Evil is measured by relative degrees of harm.

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