April 24, 2005

Excuses, Excuses

Robb's biography of Rimbaud: I avoided reading Rimbaud in Sydney because of the stupid romantic myths, the blind self-absorption and anti-hero worship that always seemed to be part of the package, that always seemed to be justified by the legend... Rimbaud was an excuse, an excuse particularly for those without the wit to see the studiousness, the hard work, the intellectual rigor in the original. I steered clear, to my loss.


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