Friday, October 01, 2004

Merton's Writing

Reading an article about the TV show Seinfeld in the New York Review of Books yesterday (2 September 1997), I had a sharp sense of the pointlessness and ambiguity of all such verbiage. The loose, gaseous, exaggerated and ultimately irresponsible quality of so much literary writing.

Thomas Merton is like this. Vagueness, lack of all rigor and precision, exaggeration, writing for literary effect, being pulled along by the verbal torrent regardless of the facts to which the writing ought to be ordered. The French connection!