"There is nothing more difficult to convey than reality in all its ordinariness. Flaubert was fond of saying that it takes a lot of hard work to portray mediocrity. Sociologists run into this problem all the time: How can we make the ordinary extraordinary and evoke ordinariness in such a way that people will see just how extraordinary it is?"
"Criticism is a matter of flushing out ... thought and trying to change it: to show that things are not as self-evident as one believed, to see that which is accepted as self-evident will no longer be seen as such. Practicing criticism is a matter of making facile gestures difficult. ... As soon as one can no longer think things as one formerly thought them, transformation becomes both very urgent, very difficult, and quite possible."