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Dirt for Art's Sake by Elisabeth Ladenson
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Sep 09, 08

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This was really interesting, but in an unexpected way. I thought it was just pure literary critism, but a lot of it is about censorship and how people reacted to these books at the time.

There was a little too much about court cases and confusing citation of the original french (or other) with the translation. TMI. There is very little moralising, it takes a much more objective view which I guess makes it more convincing, but somehow less engaging.

There was no real argument about censorship and standards, most of the book is information. Maybe it was just too subtle for me, but it felt like points were being made but I didn't understand what they were. It was more of a telling of history than discussion.

Still, a very entertaining read if you're interested in that sort of thing.
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