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A Plea Against Meta

Meta is what happens when art criticism imitates art.

Self-reflexive, deconstructive, postmodern—whatever it may be—it is often used as a tired gimmick for masking a lack of creativity and imagination.

Meta offers the intellectually arrogant a way of staying a step above the fantasy without ever being implicated: never admitting it to be real (always with a wink and a nudge), and never truly committing to the vulnerability of sincerity.

If you’re going to create, be bold enough to believe in your fiction rather than some wallflower too cool to dance—too hip to be genuine.