Thornton P. Knowles On Writing So Pretentious It’s Meaningless

In reviewing a book of photography featuring the work of married photographers, The New York Book Review author wrote: “Every spread contrasts a picture apiece by each of them, and the connections between them are mostly delicate and elusive–a hu…

In reviewing a book of photography featuring the work of married photographers, The New York Book Review author wrote: "Every spread contrasts a picture apiece by each of them, and the connections between them are mostly delicate and elusive--a hue, a texture, an incidental structural effect, now and then an object. She is more attuned to the natural world, he to the vagaries of human existence; both of them are intoxicated by color and enjoy making layered compositions on which the eye flits from close up to far back..." This description is so pretentious, so artsy-fartsy, it has no meaning and is therefore useless. The review is not about the book, it's about the reviewer. Intoxicated by such show-off writing, I think I'm going to be sick.

Thornton P. Knowles

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