"Scholarly writing is that in which the author explains his own jokes, tells you where he heard each one of them, and if he can, who told them first." In making this comment, Kurt appears to be referring to this essay and to himself. Written in 1968 for an exhibition at California State College at Fullerton while he was living in Venice, California in his last year as an assistant professor at UCLA, it almost appears as if Kurt is mocking criticism, scholarship, and art while indulging in that of which he feels critical. He gave up writing as an art critic not too long thereafter. It's an informative essay, but oddly self-negating.