Friday, June 03, 2005

Who Gives a Whitman

There is a danger, if you don't have a sense of humor, in being a magazine that's been around too long.

From The Atlantic Monthly's review of "Leaves of Grass" in 1882:
Fortunately, however, the chief damage done will be to the author himself, who thus dishonors his own physical nature; for imperfect though the race is, it still remains so much purer than the stained and distorted reflection of its animalism in Leaves of Grass, that the book cannot attain to any very wide influence.


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