OMG!! Shall I beat my chest and say I'm fair and balanced? That I need
only to consult myself on issues of world-wide import? "Methinks she
doth protest too much." Etc. The scary, though not I think new, thing
about the mediocrity that pretty openly lurks behind those protestations
is the huge swaths of the population who are more than willing to be
taken in by them. The law of behavior you point to clearly applies to
all lines of human endeavor, not just poetry. Scary now because the
conditions of the global village do enable a new-in-the-world,
"real-time" concentration of those willing to be deceived. The same
marvelous capacity that made this listserv so rich, its reach to members
in Italy, England, the middle East, the US, Canada, Denmark, and no
doubt many others, also allows in other online arenas the earnest
uniting and exercise of so many unexamined prejudices. In my humble opinion.
BTW, in the perhaps less than humble opinion of my email client,
indicated by a wavy red underline, there's no such word as
"unexamined." A timely & quick answer to old Socrates.
PS Haven't read the NYer piece.
On 7/15/2016 11:05 AM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
> Odd, but after reading this earlier in the week, I thought it might be
> more time-worthy to reread others who wrote in Fr. Perhaps it is this
> translation. Perhaps it is the historical and biographical meanings
> associated with the others who have lasted longer in the public
> consciousness. Anyone else anywhere on this globe on this List have
> the sense that contemporary effusive self-praise may conceal the
> rampant collective mediocrity of late?