Posts Tagged ‘Popular Taste’

Emma Goldman

“Publishers, theatrical managers, and critics ask not for the quality inherent in creative art, but will it meet with a good sale, will it suit the palate of the people? Alas, this palate is like a dumping ground; it relishes anything that needs no mental mastication.”

–Emma Goldman, “Minorities versus Majorities”


POPULAR TASTE, n. A grotesque oxymoron, as in “popular taste in music.”

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–from the revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary