Re: aesthetic theory?

From: Brook Hinton (email suppressed)
Date: Thu May 03 2007 - 11:19:17 PDT

I never intended to suggest an overview/collection as a substitute for
reading the original material. The importance of reading the original
material and honoring one's subjective response seems so obvious to me
that I guess I didn't feel it even needed to be mentioned as a
qualifier to my post. Both the interpretation/selection process of an
anthology AND the recommendation of a subset of literature by an
equally biased (we are all biased) helpful suggestor should be treated
with skepticism, though, and one has to know what exists before one
can make decisions as to what to read. And context does matter, even
if there are no reliable single sources to provide it.

And if the original request is NOT for a request for a way to get a
large historical sense of varying progressions of thought about
aesthetics over time, then absolutely, go right to the sources.

IOW, on general principle, Cari, I agree with you.

Brook Hinton
film/video/audio art

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