Friday, February 08, 2008


Allegory "is the usual recourse of sterile minds"
Denis Diderot, Jacques the fatalist.

Perhaps so. Certainly, allegory is over-done, and too often done badly. You would think it hard to be didactic and allegorical at once, but so many manage it. Watership Down, for example, or absolutely anything to do with the "war on terror". But that's not the fault of allegory, that's the fault of satire: we've lost the ability to laugh at ourselves. We take ourselves too seriously.

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