PRINT February 1988

Kay Larson


KL: As long as you think of criticism as an engagement, then making any kind of closure in terms of saying “Well, this is good and—this is moral and this is immoral” becomes unnecessarily harsh, and also cuts out possibilities. If there is something that strikes you wrong, if there is something that seems to you not to work, then you’re obliged to say so. But the emphasis is on being correct with yourself rather than on applying your correctness to the rest of the human race, as Clement Greenberg did.

LS: But this self-awareness—are you conscious of doing it on the page? Or does one have to go into your private life to determine when that self-awareness took place?

KL: No, it should happen on the page. It does that with Baudelaire, for instance.

LS: Does it give you joy?

KL: Yes, it does.

LS: Does it give you power?

KL: It changes your life.

LS: How?

KL: It changes

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