Tuesday, September 13, 2005

If you didn't read it this weekend, hurry on over to the NY Times website to read A.O. Scott's article about The Believer and n+1—an article that very well might have been titled, "The New Sincerity." Of course it's not that new: calls for something to surpass postmodernism/high irony/snarkiness have been audible in mainstream literary culture since at least the publication of that Jedediah Purdy book; a call raised to its highest pitch of intensity with the demise of the "New World Order" (1989 - 2001). I have much more interest in and sympathy with the unapologetically intellectual and leftist way of proceeding represented by n+1, but both magazines are new sources of vitality in our literary culture. And they're beginning to take notice of poetry now, which is all to the good.

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