New Criticals

A great many things are weaknesses. You are pleased to say so.
I say because I am so well pleased. With what. With what I said.
There are a great many weaknesses.
— Gertrude Stein, Lifting Belly

Why are facts so elusive, despite the apparent ubiquity of information? The above characteristics are part and parcel of what maybe should have been discarded long after the age of “enlightenment,” but which still persist into ours. The current epoch calls for questions, much more than the insistent, prescriptive answers, the misinformation that is constantly bullheadedly asserted. This century requires the kind of vulnerability that
epitomizes and works in tandem with what culture is: a changing social organism that opposes a hemmed-in (or walled), hermetic, independent structure of force, certitude.