Appreciation: Painting, Poetry and Prose

Appreciation: Painting, Poetry and Prose

Appreciation: Painting, Poetry and Prose

Appreciation: Painting, Poetry and Prose

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The man who can knock out Joe Louis is hard to find, but there are plenty of fighting men of one kind or another. The exceptional person is of course exceptional, but only because he is an unusual specimen of a kind that is common. Otherwise he is a freak. One can make an efficient army because there are many men who can carry a gun, who can read a map and make calculations, who can be trained or educated to fill all the roles from G I Joe to Eisenhower. So it is with art, which we have in all the forms from pulp magazines to that poem of Paul Valéry which took four years to write, though only four hundred lines long, and which no man can understand fully. James Joyce . . .

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