The Gist: Forrest Wickman on subtlety, and the Seattle gum wall.

This Argument Against Subtlety Really Hits the Nail on the Head

This Argument Against Subtlety Really Hits the Nail on the Head

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Nov. 12 2015 7:40 PM

Subtlety Sucks!

Our guest is tired of art that privileges subtlety over directness. We’ll hear out the finest nuances of his argument.

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Illustration by Lisa-Larson Walker

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Have we failed to critically celebrate heavy-handedness? On The Gist, Slate’s Forrest Wickman explains when subtlety works to the detriment of a work of art. He recently wrote the cover story “Against Subtlety” for Slate. For the Spiel, a love note to chewing gum.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.