Metacritique in the eighth circle of hell

Hainge, Greg (2013) Metacritique in the eighth circle of hell. Symploke, 21 1-2: 341-345. doi:10.1353/sym.2013.0024

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Author Hainge, Greg
Title Metacritique in the eighth circle of hell
Journal name Symploke   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1069-0697
1534-0627
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
DOI 10.1353/sym.2013.0024
Volume 21
Issue 1-2
Start page 341
End page 345
Total pages 5
Place of publication Lincoln, NE, United States
Publisher University of Nebraska Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Eldritch Priest has perhaps, with Boring, Formless, Nonsense: Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure, written a book that is impossible to review. And yet here I find myself faced with the unenviable task of having to do precisely this, of having to write a review of this unreviewable book and hence of setting out on a road to nowhere, engaging in an enterprise that I know in advance can only ever fail. Yet in saying this, of course, given the content of Priest’s book, its premise and its self-reflexive stance towards its own mode of production, I am perhaps, in fact, succeeding through this failure, recognising the double binds, incompossibilities and apparent contradictions of Priest’s work not as failings but, rather, a challenge via which new relations are formed to the texts with which we choose to confront ourselves. And in doing this, if this is indeed what I am doing, I am undoubtedly casting myself as reviewer in the image of the book itself, or perhaps casting myself down into the eighth circle of hell fashioned by Priest, writing in such a way as to mimic his own stance and, perhaps, style...
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Additional Notes Subtitle: "Review of Eldritch Priest, Boring, Formless, Nonsense: Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013."

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