Monday, May 02, 2005

To Be An Idyllist

For Lem:
Much of what catches the eye as obsolete in Aesthetic Theory is what would be new if it were not blocked; here what is perceived as old hat masks the disappointment of what can no longer be hoped for. Aesthetic Theory wants to be what is German that is not German, and if it finds real resonance here, it will be with what is American that is not American, none of which could be put on a list of national character traits.

-- Robert Hullot-Kentor, translator's introduction to Aesthetic Theory by Theodor W Adorno.

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