Book Review: On Criticism (Thinking in Action) by Noël Carroll

First appeared in Rain Taxi Review of Books by Nigel Beale This book is best read by the light of another, John Carey’s What Good are the Arts? (Oxford University Press, 2006), a witty, truculent, masterful polemic which argues that a “work of art is anything that anyone has ever considered a work of art, though it may be a work of art only for that one person; and the reason for considering anything a work of art will be as various as the variety of human beings.” What a work of art isn’t, says Carey, is what many people who spend their lives working in the field say it… Read More

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