In former centuries the educated class ignored the ruck of vulgar literature. They ignored, and therefore did not, properly speaking, despise it. Simple ignorance and indifference does not inflate the character with pride. A man does not walk down the street giving a haughty twirl to his moustaches at the thought of his superiority to some variety of deep-sea fishes. The old scholars left the whole under-world of popular compositions in a similar darkness.If I had the moustaches, I would never cease twirling them in scorn of those fishes.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
For no reason but that I came across it today: Chesterton's Defense of Penny Dreadfuls.