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The Noise of Time: I’m not good at irony


To believe in the power of art to create or change politics (for the better) is no small thing. Such belief requires an implicit optimism that the despair and risks of the political moment (of now or any time) has difficulty supporting. Cynicism is a logical, rational response to the political moment of Trump, or in the case of Julian Barnes’ The Noise of ┬áTime : Stalin. ┬áThe personal danger of resisting the cynical impulse by creating art is the question of the novel. Continue reading



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