Reading this post I was struck light-blind by the realization that anyone who uses the word “problematize” and its variants is inevitably using it to gild some decayed lily.
The post includes this bonus example of faux profundity: “A text should be written, as Craig Dworkin postulates, not in terms of ‘whether it could have been done better (the question of the workshop), but whether it could conceivably have been done otherwise.'” (Any piece of writing, of course, can be done otherwise; the challenge for the writer, unless I’m mistaken, is to do it better—in or out of the workshop.) This kind of fatuity is what passes for Deep Thought in the world of conceptual writing.
Thanks as ever to folks at Harriet for keeping me up on these groundbreaking literary developments.