Re: smackdown: mcwhorter v. treme
In the context of McWhorter's article, "authenticity" is akin to subjectivity. When literature champions local voice and scenery, what objective standard is there to judge when it goes overboard? Of course, a local voice would denounce another local voice. It's not really hard to believe the residents of the Big Easy would criticize Portland or Minneapolis, either. The literature and the politics match up: no one seems to speak lovingly, convincingly, or even lyrically for the national or the objective. McWhorter is criticizing the lack of objectivity without hmself offering a standard.