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puerilism

(pyo͝or′ə-lĭz′əm, pwĕr′ə-, pyo͞o′ər-ə-)
n.
Childish behavior in an adult, especially as a symptom of mental illness.
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puerilism

(pū′ĕr-ĭl-ĭzm) [″ + Gr. -ismos, condition]
Childishness; second childhood.
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Finally Art in America (June 1984) presented the most pointed polemic, with its juxtaposition of Walter Robinson and Carlo McCormick's celebratory "Slouching Toward Avenue D" and Craig Owens's trenchant critique "The Problem with Puerilism." Robinson's and McCormick's firsthand account of assorted trends and business practices substantiated their claim that the East Village was a "'reinvention' of the art world in all its variety." For Owens the scene was a "simulacrum" of la vie boheme.
By following the smorgasbord of "Slouching Toward Avenue D" with a stiff chaser like "The Problem with Puerilism," Art in America was able to have its cake and eat it too.