Policy on Spoilers


I avoid saying anything that diminishes the experience of the work of art and aim to augment the experience of the work of art as the work of art that it is.


The Experience

Before the work of art has been seen, read, or heard, the experience of it takes the form of expectation.  After, appreciation. 

The Work of Art That It Is

Some works are enjoyable all the way through, and I always hope for those, but works of art fall into many kinds, and I do not mean medium or genre.  Some have come out already, some have not.  Sometimes, a person does better not to expect anything about a work of art and to let it surprise you.  Sometimes, knowing something about a work of art saves a person the trouble of seeing, reading, or hearing it.  For some works of art, the anticipation becomes its own cultural event with its own delights.  Some works of art disappoint.  The ones that I prize the most are sometimes the ones that left me unaffected at first but then grew in my appreciation and became a part of me.

I could cite examples for all of these, but I will refrain.

Restatement of the Policy

I write what in my judgment augments the experience of a work of art, all considered, in anticipation, seeing, reading, or hearing, and appreciation.


Judgment in these matters, to the gladness or dismay of many people, is not something that can be readily standardized.  But that is not a cause for gladness or dismay.  It is a cause, in my opinion, to practice judgment oneself, to seek out those who have good judgment, and to practice judging until one can judge well, too.


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