Canonized Outrage

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Can one speak about suffering if one hasn’t experienced it?

Kenneth Goldsmith has long been a figure of tension in the literary community: at once a savior for the conceptual intellectualists and avant-garde, and a malicious clown bent on provocation and appropriation. In a profile for the New Yorker, Alec Wilkinson dives into Goldsmith’s humble beginnings as a text-based artist and traces the line from there to the infamous Michael Brown reading, offering context to both sides of the controversy surrounding Goldsmith’s career in a surprisingly and refreshingly even-handed way.


Kyle Williams is a student at Brooklyn College, studying creative writing and literature. You can find more from him on Tumblr at kaywhyelleee.tumblr.com, but don't feel like you have to. More from this author →