Sunday, January 15, 2006

The Ideology of the Aesthetic

From J. M. Coetzee's memoir, Youth:

"He has a horror of spilling mere emotion on to the page. Once it has begun to spill out he would not know how to stop it. It would be like severing an artery and watching one's lifeblood gush out. Prose, fortunately, does not demand emotion: there is that to be said for it. Prose is like a flat, tranquil sheet of water on which one can tack about at one's leisure, making patterns on the surface." (J. M. Coetzee, Youth).


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