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As artists fall into disgrace, must their art be consigned to oblivion?

The other day while paging through a collection of George Orwell’s writing, I was startled by his angry dismissal of fellow writers Stephen Spender and W.H. Auden as “fashionable pansies.” I shrugged my shoulders and kept on reading.I had a similar reaction about a year ago when leafing through a collection of early Pauline Kael film criticism I happened upon a negative review of the screen version of Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour.” Kael complains that “the lesbianism is all in the mind” before making this doozy of a parenthetical quip: “I always thought this was why lesbians needed sympathy — that there isn’t much they can do.”These little homophobic nuggets didn’t change my t ...