Why is Anna Karenina so long?

Was Tolstoy justified in making Anna Karenina and War and Peace as long as they are? Continue reading

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Response to Roland Barthes

Some time ago I attempted to hash out an argument that art could be objectively assessed. But I’m unsatisfied with my logic in hindsight regarding Roland Barthes. The focus of this website was different back then, so I started rambling about modern American politics halfway through the discussion, a surface-level topic which I now find a droll waste of time.

This is a proper… call it a challenge, if you like, of ‘Death of the Author.’

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In Defence of Lord of the Rings: Genre and Purpose in Fiction

When writing, you need to keep in mind the purpose of your writing and the culture you’re working in. When offering criticism, you need to do the same thing. Continue reading