Thursday, May 18, 2006


1. I'm an ideas man. I like content, I like ideas. I'm a bastardized Platonist. If a work of art doesn't have some ideas in it, I don't care if it is perfectly and beautifully constructed. But that doesn't mean I dismiss form. For a good work of art, the form is a part of the idea. Faulkner's As I Lay Dying would not have the same meaning with a different form. All poetry is dependent on form for part of its meaning. Form matters. I just prioritize ideas, and appreciate form when it contributes to the idea.

2. I believe alienation as the human condition is a myth. Do not take that, however, to mean that I believe alienation is a myth. It is very real--however, in today's world that alienation is a reality of social and economic factors. I treat alienation like a Marxist, not a Modernist. And the alienation I feel in life has to do with economics--not a spiritual condition.

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