Authorship in Moby Dick and a note on the whaling chapters

Again we’re dismissing time and context for our discussion, because I thought of something mildly interesting about Moby Dick. Continue reading


Barthes, Part II. 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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Barthes, Part I. Objective Art, Ontological Perspectives, and World Order

If you agree that art is the aesthetic presentation of ideas, then you must logically also agree that art itself is not subjective – at least, not to the degree that people believe it to be. Continue reading