Monday, March 2, 2015

The wisdom of Van Wyck Brooks

No one is fit to judge a book until he has rounded Cape Horn in a sailing vessel,
    until he has bumped into two or three icebergs,
       until he has been lost in the sands of the desert,
           until he has spent a few years in the House of the Dead.

Van Wyck Brooks(1886-1963)
American literary critic, historian

Too bad we don’t get guidance like this any more from leaders who incline to be intellectual.

Too bad there aren’t enough folks like Brooks in today’s marketplace of ideas—imagine what a guy like him could do to your typical TV talk show host.

I feel better now.

Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2015

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