“..But then, ‘like’ is a word I seldom use to describe my feeling about truly modern artists. Do we really like Pablo Picasso, or Claude-Michel Schönberg or Eugene Ionesco or Alain Robbe-Grillet? We are variously provoked and stimulated by them and our appreciation of them is wholly on an intellectual level. Liking suggests an easy involvement of the senses, a spontaneous ‘taking to’, which I doubt if the modern artist even claims for his public.”
-Satyajit Ray in “A Word About Godard”, published in Link, 15th August 1966. Republished in his collection of essays – Deep Focus, 2011.
Okay, I agree on the difference between the “like” in both cases. But, without intellectualizing (which I am not capable of anyways), how am I supposed to characterize a stimulating experience that any form of art (not only the modern art stuff…but also …say, a poem or a line in a novel) gives me, then – if its not ‘like’? For example: Some piece of a poem totally shocks me … blows my mind in to pieces (well, metaphorically speaking..)…and I absolutely “like” it. What is that “like” called? Any non-intellectualized answers please?