Re: RARA-AVIS: Chandler vs. Altman

Date: 14 Nov 2007

----- Start Original Message ----- Sent: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 21:33:40 -0600 From: "Mark R. Harris" <> To: Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Chandler vs. Altman

> Even when Kael is at her best (and she is one hell of a writer, make no
> mistake), she's riffing arrogantly off her opinions instead of standing
> humble before the work. Her opinions are her true subject.
> Not that she's alone in this -- most journalistic reviewers fall prey to it.
> Kael was just unusually brazen about it (famously never watching a movie
> more than once -- she only did one-night stands).
> Criticism that isn't as fixated on offering an immediate thumbs-up
> thumbs-down can get down to the more interesting task of elucidating the
> unique quality of a work or an oeuvre.
> I think entertainment per se is over-rated; being entertained is a pretty
> passive activity. I think more highly of engagement.
I guess you and I have a different definition of entertainment then.


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