A wise man wrote:
At present the distinction [between highbrow and lowbrow books] is certainly used to allow us the satisfaction of despising certain authors and readers without imposing on us the labour of showing that they are bad.
– C. S. Lewis, High and Low Brows.
Next time: I will reveal what Lewis decided was the true distinction between these two types of art. (For those who can’t wait, the answer is to be found at the end of the very essay that I just quoted.) [Update: it turned out that "next time", while relevant, did not reveal the punchline. But the next post will.]