But, as a favor to me, please phrase your e-mails politely. Some critics fail because they are pedants whose ideal of perfection is always offended by a concrete realization.Others fail because they are insular and hostile to what is alien to them; these critics, yielding to their prejudices without knowing they have them and sincerely offering judgments they believe to be objective, are more excusable than those who, aware of their prejudices, lack the courage to enter the lists to defend their personal tastes. " Stu Shiffman writes, "I had wondered whether the sword was supposed to be Orlando’s Durendal, but John Carter’s might be as possible (tho as a Virginian gentleman, Carter would be more likely to leave it to the Smithsonian or perhaps the Jeffersonian Institution of TV’s “Bones” series)." But see Page 119.In order to avoid spoiling some reveals and surprises, some things will not be explained on their first appearance.References are explained the first time they appear, and not thereafter. If you have any additions, corrections, or suggestions, please send them to me at [email protected] Auden's words: Judging a work of art is virtually the same mental operation as judging human beings, and requires the same aptitudes: first, a real love of works of art, an inclination to praise rather than blame, and regret when a complete rejection is required; second, a vast experience of all artistic activities; and last, an awareness, openly and happily accepted, of one’s own prejudices.Warning: There are some Bad Words used in these annotations.
The book version of these annotations will be Impossible Territories and will be published by Monkey Brain Books in July, 2008.
The book will have greatly expanded annotations (I'll give context to things that I mention in passing here), interviews with Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, and whatever other goodies and extras I can manage to put in to it.