Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Joyce Carol Oates on Ted Kennedy
In a thoughtful essay in the Guardian, Joyce Carol Oates borrows a question posed by poet John Berryman--"Is wickedness soluble in art?"--and reframes it to consider the life of late Senator Ted Kennedy--"Is wickedness soluble in good deeds?" Ultimately, Oates suggests "individuals of dubious character and cruel deeds may redeem themselves in selfless actions."