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MARIO CUTAJAR


In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis' demonic alter ego, Screwtape, observes that because humans live in time and relish rhythm, they are prone to the temptation of infinite novelty--which joylessly enslaves them to fashion. Since art is now almost entirely fashion, the most acute critics are likely to be the ones that don't take art seriously.

Over the years I've discovered that art can lack many things and still remain affecting. The one thing it cannot lack is wit. Exactly the same thing could be said of writing about art.