Thomas Peyser is an English professor at Randolph-Macon College and a film critic for Style Weekly. He is the author of Utopia and Cosmopolis: Globalization in the Era of American Literary Realism (Duke University Press, 1998).
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Ludwig von Mises: "Only stilted pedants can conceive the idea that there are absolute norms to tell what is beautiful and what is not. They try to derive from the works of the past a code of rules with which, as they fancy, the writers and artists of the future should comply. But the genius does not cooperate with the pundit." - Theory and History