Author Archives: Dave

malthus and famine: curse of the wedding ring

Do people starve simply because there are too many of us? Is famine the necessary companion of civilization? Was parson Malthus right in his grim insistence that population must necessarily outdistance food supply? Or, even worse, are the hungry dying … Continue reading

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every doge has its way

Madame Pickwick Doge meme….

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persistence of famine

Hunger and history have a long symbiosis. The first recorded famine occurred in Egypt in 3500 B.C.Since then, millions have died, and still die of starvation. Do people starve simply because there are too many of us as Parson Malthus … Continue reading

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dada: nothing is by accident

It began with an ironic and anarchic temper with origins in eighteenth century skepticism which was subsequently absorbed into the culture of urban and metropolitan thought processes through Baudelaire and Manet among others and it all came to a scrappy … Continue reading

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dada dum dada not so dum

Unsureness and confusion, in the sphere of Dada opinion, became a positive value, and one that had lethal effect of what could be termed systems of hierarchy and classification. Like Alfred Jarry, dada postulated a “pataphysical” logic of absurdity that … Continue reading

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meaning what you mean

Do I know you mean what you mean? If a person thinks in one language, they think one way; in another language another way. At least that is what Benjamin Lee Whorf said, who explained why a person’s thought is … Continue reading

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confusion as intent

Dada. They brought to a sharp focus the dilemma in which making choices between so-called alternatives was a lost cause. Tristan Tzara ( of chess with Lenin fame ) saw opposites as essentially equivalent. Order=disroder. affirmation=negation. The efforts to incite … Continue reading

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breathe free or try

…Les artistes constituent l’âme et L,espace de respiration d’une societé et une societé sans âme est vouée à l’extinction ce qui-vous en conviendrez- est un fort mauvais présage

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smarter than he looks

“failure is not the enemy of success; it is its prerequisite” – N. Scherman

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complicit in a sense of magic

A Caravaggio Cinema Noir Christmas. Plotting. Sex. Love Triangles.Santa has seen it all.

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