Tag Archives: Arnold Toynbee

imaginary museum

…As the chief curator and guide of the Imaginary Museum, Andre Malraux recalled Toynbee and Spengler. For one thing, he shares their infatuation with the past, their conviction that it can speak to us, that stones have tongues. For another, … Continue reading

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malraux: patterns across the universe

…As the chief curator and guide of the Imaginary Museum, Malraux recalls Toynbee and Spengler. For one thing, he shared their infatuation with the past, their conviction it can speak to us, that stones have tongues. For another, he shared … Continue reading

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1848 again? …the madcap laughs

An Arab Spring. Riots over a stupid internet film, the Innocence of Muslims, The Occupy Movement, technological unemployment. Continents are trembling and a world is awakening. In some ways, our past several years, and the so called American “fiscal cliff” … Continue reading

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trampling on the idea of progress

Is history without meaning, without power and without hope ? … …Even if professionals hold up their hands in horror at the idea of drawing lessons from history, others, far less capable, do not. Toynbee had no hesitation in trampling … Continue reading

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miles of tiles

by Art Chantry: i spent the last week hanging out in one of my favorite cities in the US – Philadelphia. i love that place. it has duchamp, the mutter museum, harry’s occult store, everything NYC has (without all the … Continue reading

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those were the days

In The End of Art, Donald Kuspit argues that art is over because it has lost its aesthetic import. Art has been replaced by ‘postart’, a term invented by Alan Kaprow, as a new visual category that elevates the banal … Continue reading

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“I pledge allegiance…”

Are we Rome in decline, a dying society? One may doubt that we have reached that point of dissolution, where in the phrase of Giovanni Battista Vico men “finally go mad and waste their substance.” One may doubt the ultimately … Continue reading

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summer of discontent: is the end near?

” The nature of people is first crude, then severe, ┬áthen benign, then delicate, finally dissolute.” ( Vico) People have no doubt been bemoaning the decadence of the times since the expulsion from the Garden. But what actually constitutes decadence … Continue reading

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shades of 1848: gulps of reality in a pure state

For many, what is transpiring in the Arab world, bears resemblance to another year of revolution: 1848. When the inevitable reaction to these toppling of regimes takes place, will it recall the sad end of 1848 when the springtime hopes … Continue reading

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DREAMING Of A SUMERIAN CHRISTMAS: God Anxiety Between Two Rivers

The Sumerians stood in awe of their gods, whom they conceived as dwelling in the forces of nature- which might capriciously destroy men- as well as in man-made temples and figurines- where they might be cajoled into acting as humanity’s … Continue reading

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