January 23rd, 2010 / 2:10 pmJustin Taylor
The Duty of Harsh Criticism
For only through art can we cultivate annoyance with inessentials, powerful and exasperated reactions against ugliness, a ravenous appetite for beauty; and these are the true guardians of the soul.
– Rebecca West, “The Duty of Harsh Criticism”
Tags: New Republic, rebecca west, The Book