From Harold Bloom’s recent book “The Anatomy of Influence:”

To speak of the self, human or literary, as a fiction is already a wearisome platitude. Insofar as it is true, it is also trivial.

“Insofar as it is true, it is also trivial” —one could make this into a stamp. But I still find the concept of mass delusion, with respect to the “social,” or the “political,” a useful one, and enlightening for any subjectivity. The same might apply to art history and criticism.

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