Tuesday, November 26, 2019

John Simon

The critic John Simon in 1975. He said that his mission was to raise standards through unflinching criticism.
John Simon

From John Simon's obituary in today's NY Times:

“I do not like uniforms,” Mr. Simon told the author Bert Cardullo in 2008. “I do not like people who are a professional this, that or the other. Professional writers, actors and singers are O.K., but I don’t like professional Jews, professional homosexuals, professional blacks, professional feminists, professional patriots. I don’t like people abdicating their identity to become part of some group, and then becoming obsessed with this and making capital of it.”

See also John Simon on Gore Vidal.

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