Articles by Ben Roth

February 21, 2017

Against Readability 45

“Readable” has become the chosen term of praise in our times precisely because so many of us find ourselves unable to concentrate as we once could or still aspire to. But to praise readability is to embrace the vicious feedback loop that our culture now finds itself in.

February 16, 2017

Poetry, Jarmusch Style 3

I was surprised to learn that Paterson’s lines were written, some especially for the film, by the poet Ron Padgett, an award-winning member of the New York School.