"The whiskey tasted like bear steaks and river mud and the flesh of an oak tree. I had another swallow because it tasted so good."
— Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon
The things in Anderson’s films that recall Cornell’s boxes… are often cited as evidence of his work’s “artificiality,” at times with the implication, simple-minded and profoundly mistaken, that a high degree of artifice is somehow inimical to seriousness, to honest emotion, to so-called authenticity. All movies, of course, are equally artificial; it’s just that some are more honest about it than others… indeed I would argue that artifice, openly expressed, is the only true “authenticity” an artist can lay claim to.Wes Anderson’s Worlds by Michael Chabon | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books