Metacritique in the Eighth Circle of Hell

Metacritique in the Eighth Circle of Hell mEtACritiquE in thE Eighth CirCLE of hELL1 grEg hAingE Eldritch Priest has perhaps, with Boring, Formless, Nonsense: Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure, written a book that is impossible to review. And yet here I find myself faced with the unenviable task of having to do precisely this, of having to write a review of this unreviewable book and hence of setting out on a road to nowhere, engaging in an enterprise that I know in advance can only ever fail. Yet in saying this, of course, given the content of Priest's book, its premise and its self-reflexive stance towards its own mode of production, I am perhaps, in fact, succeeding through this failure, recognising the double binds, incompossibilities and apparent contradictions of Priest's work not as failings but, rather, a challenge via which new relations are formed to the texts with which we choose to confront ourselves. And in doing this, if this is indeed what I am doing, I am undoubtedly casting myself as reviewer in the image of the book itself, or perhaps casting myself down into the eighth circle of hell fashioned by Priest, writing in such a way as to mimic his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

Metacritique in the Eighth Circle of Hell

symploke, Volume 21 (1) – Dec 22, 2013

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mEtACritiquE in thE Eighth CirCLE of hELL1 grEg hAingE Eldritch Priest has perhaps, with Boring, Formless, Nonsense: Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure, written a book that is impossible to review. And yet here I find myself faced with the unenviable task of having to do precisely this, of having to write a review of this unreviewable book and hence of setting out on a road to nowhere, engaging in an enterprise that I know in advance can only ever fail. Yet in saying this, of course, given the content of Priest's book, its premise and its self-reflexive stance towards its own mode of production, I am perhaps, in fact, succeeding through this failure, recognising the double binds, incompossibilities and apparent contradictions of Priest's work not as failings but, rather, a challenge via which new relations are formed to the texts with which we choose to confront ourselves. And in doing this, if this is indeed what I am doing, I am undoubtedly casting myself as reviewer in the image of the book itself, or perhaps casting myself down into the eighth circle of hell fashioned by Priest, writing in such a way as to mimic his

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Published: Dec 22, 2013

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