Name that book: does art have to be bellicose?
December 9, 2013 12:13 AM   Subscribe

At some point in the last five years or so, I read a recent book about art that took a critical look at -- for lack of a better term -- art machismo: the notion that good art is merciless and disruptive and basically must take a confrontational stance. I'm about 80% sure it was written by a woman. It was pretty accessible; I think I found it through a review in a general-interest publication. What might I have read?
posted by sculpin to Media & Arts (2 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Sounds to me like The Art Of Cruelty by Maggie Nelson.
posted by raisindebt at 5:47 AM on December 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Yes! Thank you!
posted by sculpin at 8:02 AM on December 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

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