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Friday, September 23, 2005

Jenkyns on Taste

Much in the media today is designed deliberately to debase public taste... [to] achieve their success by coarsening the spirits of their consumers. It is hard to conceive of anyone now starting a magazine to elevate and enlarge young people's experience, let alone bringing it off, and that tells us something disagreeable about the present time.
--from Richard Jenkins, "Cherchez l'enfant" (an article about Rowling, Pullman, and the state of children's literature) in Prospect.

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.