Quote of the Day: Categorizing Writing and Writers

Categorization (women’s writing, gay writing, Illinois writing) inflicts upon art exactly what art strives at its best never to inflict on itself: arbitrary and irrelevant limits, shelter from the widest consideration and judgment, exclusion from general excellence.

– Richard Ford

(Come to think of it, I think this really does apply to art in general. I note that Ford refers to writing only in parentheses.)

One response to “Quote of the Day: Categorizing Writing and Writers

  1. agree completely. categorization is more the domain of the dreaded “critic” whether in writing or art.

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