Michaux On Style

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  1. Bill Knott
    Bill Knott August 24, 2008 at 4:05 pm .

    … your examples don’t prove the point, to me at least: I think late Stevens is better than late Williams,<BR/><BR/>and late Hardy is too . . .<BR/><BR/>this fanciful squib by Michaux simply parrots the Modernist orthodoxy of makeitnew . . . not art for art’s sake, but avant for avant’s sake.

  2. William Michaelian
    William Michaelian August 20, 2008 at 1:53 pm .

    You’re right. The best writing springs from need — curiosity, hunger, the drive to understand — and like a child is its own inspiring declaration and celebration of life. Time and again, we see art that has no real reason to exist, other than to satisfy its maker’s vanity. More often than not, what it reveals is a fear of life and living itself. The solution: let go, and make notes on the way

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