This is rather different from the receptions I used to get fifty years ago. They threw things at me then but they were not roses.
Each new generation is reared by its predecessor; the latter must therefore improve in order to improve its successor. The movement is circular.
Farber had a huge effect on me as a writer. I don't mean I write like him. Farber is, first of all, a great stylist, a great writer. Anyone can read Manny Farber's film criticism, whether that person is a novelist, a poet, another critic, a historian, and learn a lot about writing by reading him.
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