NABOKV-L post 0005246, Fri, 30 Jun 2000 16:38:59 -0700

Re: Fitzgerald in The New Yorker (fwd)
From: Brian P Gross <>

> From:
> Right on Fitz! I always found it amusing that we teach "modern" literature in
> our colleges when any idiot is capable of understanding the literature of
> their own period. Imagine teaching Fitzgerald!
> Phillip Iannarelli

I think the "is capable" is significant.

I don't consider myself an idiot, but I daresay I would not
"understand" artists like Borges, Robbe-Grillet, Eco or Nabokov (for that
matter) without the benefit of some instruction. I'm "capable" of
"understanding" them but wouldn't without help.

I would expect most people to understand writers (Clancy, King) of their
period, but not the artists. After all, isn't art "supposed" to challenge

Brian Gross

ps Happy 4th to my fellow colonists!