Surely there must be a circle in Hell reserved for literary critics who maliciously misread Dante.  John Carey's discussion of Dante Alighieri in his latest book, A Little History of Poetry (Yale, 2020) has little on fairness, while being quite big on latter-day moralism. To wildly paraphrase Ben Johnson, A Little History has, at least... Continue Reading →

A picture is worth a thousand words

We've heard it many times: a picture is worth a thousand words. Written words. But before a picture is resolved into a thousand words, it saves up a thousand memory banks. An image is worth a lot of memory space. We may think we've discovered the value of visual memory, but actually visual memory has... Continue Reading →

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