Graham Greene dismissed some of his novels as "entertainments." Yet among these are works as lasting as anything he wrote--and as interesting. Greene was reflecting a cultural schizophrenia that Clement Greenberg, on the eve of World War II (and the time when Greene was producing "entertainments" profusely) diagnosed, calling one extreme "kitsch" and the other … Continue reading The Service Literature Provides
In his brilliant short story "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote," Jorge Luis Borges has his narrator comment:There is no exercise of the intellect which is not, in the final analysis, useless. A philosophical doctrine begins as a plausible description of the universe; with the passage of the years it becomes a mere chapter--if not … Continue reading "And We’ll Have Fun, Fun, Fun… "