Conan and Mary Sue

I have a new column up at Castalia House, in which I review Robert E Howard’s short story, Tower of the Elephant, and ponder the meaning behind the deliberately deplorable badness of postmodern art.
A pen sharper than mine dips deeper into the inkwell of wisdom on this same question. A fuglin clad figure named Severian (of the Ancient and Honorable order of the Seekers of Truth and Penance, or so I assume) reviews American Gothic (the painting) and Star Wars, the Mary Sue Awakens (the propaganda drivel). I strongly recommend taking the time to read it.