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03/22/2010

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Kevin

Long-time lurker, first-time poster. Let's suppose that art, especially literary art, communicates ideas, whether obliquely or not, it doesn't really matter. An "investigator" or a "critic," then, is someone who is sensitive to aesthetic pleasure, in one state of awareness, but also very curious about how the art form works, in another state of awareness, that is to say, how it produces aesthetic experience. I recall Wyatt Mason saying something to the effect that he approaches a novel first as a reader, as someone who simply enjoys the story, and then later as a "writer" or an "investigator" who tries to understand how the sentences hang together to produce an aesthetic experience. Regards, Kevin

Dan Green

"Investigation" certainly could properly follow a reading "sensitive to aesthetic pleasure"--but only, it seems to me, while remaining alert to the "oblique" nature of literary expression.

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