Talk:Peter Schjeldahl

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He misuses words such as 'sinecure': "fame is increasingly superfluous to the establishment of an artist’s sinecure", where he seems to think it means "secure position (in the art world)".[1] Tsinfandel (talk) 16:32, 11 October 2009 (UTC)

I don't see his usage as incorrect or a misuse at all. Here is a fuller quote from your cite: "Rauch [the artist] may be barely known outside the art world, but fame is increasingly superfluous to the establishment of an artist’s sinecure. Insider buzz and sales to collectors of the right pedigree are what count." Considering the fuller quote the usage is not problematic. Many artists do in fact inhabit sinecures established by collector and insider buzz.Stantal (talk) 13:13, 1 November 2009 (UTC)
Sinecure would seem to me to have the implication of undeserved remuneration. Bus stop (talk) 13:49, 1 November 2009 (UTC)
sinecure: (paid) office which requires or involves little or no responsibility, labour, or active service. What else is a sinecure supposed to be that an artist could "inhabit" or "establish" one? --Tsinfandel (talk) 22:37, 30 November 2009 (UTC)


The section on his poetry appears to be original research. Are there sources for these interpretations? (Brodieofskye (talk) 15:33, 25 December 2009 (UTC))

Strongly agree; this section needs to be sourced, rewritten or removed. Slinberg (talk) 17:29, 30 December 2009 (UTC)

This section has to be slapped with a NPOV flag or edited for neutrality. 'His poetry succeeds without a great deal of complexity in language usage or style while maintaining a definite seriousness and poignancy in his themes.' 'Succeeds'? 'Great deal of complexity'? I think it fails in its simplicity. Well, actually I don't because I never read it, but we either need facts here or nothing. '...In a way which grounds his work and accentuates his messages.' More drivel. '...Which help audiences relate more intimately with his work.' Yet more. 'Schjeldahl’s poetry exists as poetry that demands to be read and enjoyed rather than studied in classrooms. The significance of his work comes from the lively nature his poetry manages to maintain while simultaneously delivering very impacting messages. Schjeldahl’s lasting influence comes from his ability to write poetry and criticize art in the late 20th century where most audiences have tended to stray away from the arts in favor of more commercialized entertainment. Schjeldahl’s poetry stands out influentially among the works of the New York School of poets and the current American art communities.' And how is that for a whopping opinionated flourish at the end? Davidabram (talk) 23:40, 7 June 2012 (UTC)Davidabram


This guy deserves a better photo.Warrenking (talk) 20:23, 20 November 2010 (UTC)