Quote of the Day | 0729

Consider, now, the position of a critic condemned to stretch this experience into material for a column article or for a whole chapter in a book. Obviously, he soon finds it insufficient for this purpose. What, then, is he to do? Tell the truth, and then shut up? This, alas, is not the way of critics. When their objective facts run out they always turn to subjective facts, of which the supply is unlimited. Thus the art critic begins to roll his eyes inward. He begin to poetize and philosophize his experience. He indulges himself in dark hints and innuendoes. Putting words together aimlessly, he presently hit upon a combination that tickles him. He has invented a new cliché. He is a made man.

H.L. Mencken, ‘Art Critics’, 1925

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