“In emotional genres, you cannot advocate good taste as an argument.”
So sayeth Guillermo del Toro in a New Yorker profile by that name, but I think it has a certain resonance for political blogging as well. I also look forward to del Toro’s The Hobbit:
Del Toro, with his ornate aesthetic, was hardly the obvious choice to follow Jackson, who in his trilogy had placed Tolkien’s mythological characters in realistic landscapes—one worried about Frodo’s furry toes getting frostbite as he trudged through heavy snow. As del Toro put it, Jackson had reconstructed the Battle of Mordor with the same exactitude as the Battle of Gallipoli. Del Toro described his own style as more “operatic.” Speaking of Tolkien, he said, “I never was a mad fan of the ‘Rings’ trilogy.” “The Hobbit,” he said, “is much less black-and-white. The monsters are not just evil. They’re charming, funny, seductive. Smaug is an incredibly smart guy!”
What other stories have we been overlooking in the mad crush of the last few days?