David Lehman Quotes


Obscurantism is the academic theorist's revenge on society for having consigned him or her to relative obscurity - a way of proclaiming one's superiority in the face of one's diminished influence.

There is an air of last things a brooding sense of impending annihilation about so much deconstructive activity in so many of its guises; it is not merely postmodernist but preapocalyptic.

The best song lyrics seem to me so artful so brilliant so warm and humorous with both passion and wit that my admiration is matched only by my envy.

Poetry criticism at its worst today is mean in spirit and spiteful in intent as if determined to inflict the wound that will spur the artist to new heights if it does not cripple him or her.

If you're not paying for it through the health plan you pay for it in the emergency room.

If you have too good a time writing hostile reviews you'll injure not only your sensibility but your soul.