"Richard Wagner's lasting claim on our attention rests above all on his conception of the 'total work of art' or Gesamtkunstwerk, in which music, poetry, dramatic action, and visual spectacle blend to create an overpowering experience."--John H. McWhorter
Of course, I post this quote only because I know my reader(s) will recognize the parallel and say to themselves, "Why, my favorite blog also combines music, poetry, dramatic action and visual spectacle to create an overpowering experience." We shall leave for another day how that overpowering experience might manifest itself.
(via the Brothers Judd, who for years have claimed that Eric and Julia Roberts are really the same person, merely to divert attention from the fact that they they themselves are actually the famous female country singers)