Tag Archives: art criticism

Tidewaters of translation

What is criticism? How is it similar to interpretation or akin to translation? Are these terms interchangeable? In seeking a direction for these questions, I think of the character of Kanai Dutt, from Amitav Ghosh’s 2005 novel The Hungry Tide, a translator by profession… [Read More…]

Beauty and the fault lines

An artist recently pronounced at a gathering that all interpretation is pathological but before I could ask if he was referring to the condition of the text or the writer, the direction of attention in the room shifted. Perhaps he meant that all interpretation is symptomatic of the pathological conditions of a society that produces it… [Read More…]