The pleasure in subtlety

From Slate: “Most of us take for granted that subtlety, in the arts, is a virtue… Our obsession with subtlety, in the way we think about art, is all-pervading. … Being unsubtle can be a little like explaining the joke. According to this line of thought, to be unsubtle is bad because you deny the joy of realization. It’s true that there’s pleasure in discovering something for yourself, but we should ask ourselves whether that’s more important than communicating clearly, or delivering that joy to larger audiences.”

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