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."

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