Quo Vadimus

Thursday, April 08, 2004


Botox for the brain box.

Fallout from Dan Neil's Pulizter:

"It is not criticism, even though it postures as criticism. Cars are utilitarian things. You might as well be a critic of kitchen utensils." - John Simon, theater critic of New York magazine.

"In principle, criticism is about cultural objects or phenomena, and I think cars qualify on both counts. There is a lot of great writing about architecture, and how different, really, are cars from buildings?" - Robert Christgau

QV sources reveal that several other critics and cultural watchdogs commented -- off the record -- that while they appreciated Dan's automobile scribblin', they were a bit troubled about awarding a Pulitzer Prize for criticism to someone who looked like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo.

Neil on mechanical illiteracy and the Cadillac CTS-V.

[links via Romenesko.]

posted by Linus | 12:15 PM