[B5JMS] Attn JMS: taste; was: various bounced replies from jms

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From: "John W. Kennedy" <jwkenned at impop.bellatlantic.net>
Date: 23 Feb 2001 14:21:17 -0700
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Jms at B5 wrote:
> Subjective taste cannot be argued or redressed or debated.

I'm not sure that's completely true.  Didja ever read C. S. Lewis's "An
Experiment in Criticism"?  (You'll probably need to consult a university
library or order it from http://www.alibris.com to find it.)  A brief,
but profoundly insightful exploration of the basic issue of
distinguishing between good and bad art, with excursions into the
natures of tragedy and SF.)  By his test, by the way, B5 rates very high

John W. Kennedy
(Working from my laptop)

From: jmsatb5 at aol.com (Jms at B5)
Date: 23 Feb 2001 20:56:10 -0700
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>I'm not sure that's completely true.  Didja ever read C. S. Lewis's "An
>Experiment in Criticism"? 

Thing is, you gotta be real careful when you read Lewis because he tends to use
a lot of straw-man arguments to try and make his case, not just here but in his
other essays.

Much as I enjoy the Screwtape Letters, you have to go into the reading of them
knowing up front that the dealer has dealt himself five aces off the top of the
deck.  You're there for the finesse of the cheat, not the truth of the deal.


(jmsatb5 at aol.com)
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permission to reprint specifically denied to SFX Magazine 
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