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empathy notwithstanding: doomed, but to what?

… after the UN had sanctioned, seemingly miraculously, ¬†the state of Israel with its original two-state solution, Hannah Arendt , with some justification, foresaw that if Jews were to survive its War of Independence, they would realize the achievements of … Continue reading

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essence of comedy: the geese

The essence of comedy is the triumph of nature over intellect; where hedonism replaces heroism, and the thirst for glory is seen as the repair of the fool. The tragic hero dies for what is nobler in the mind, the … Continue reading

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laff tracks : avoiding the food for worms fate

The essence of comedy is the triumph of “la forza di natura,” or nature over intellect, laughing matter over mind, what is livelier in the flesh over what is nobler in the mind. Who needs intangibles. And the happiest tale … Continue reading

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A Paradise not what its made out to be

Very few paintings in the history of art have so puzzled viewers as Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. Only now perhaps, in our present new age of folly, can its meaning be made clear. Today we take a … Continue reading

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knowing the dancer from the dance

In “The Faerie Queene” Edmund Spenser tells a tale of “darke conceit” in which Prince Arthur, the future king, goes in search of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth. In each of the six books completed, Arthur representing Magnanimity- in Spenser’s system … Continue reading

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trilogy of a divine comedy: purgatory, passion and produce

Measured against the accelerating transformation of our own society, the Renaissance seems like a relatively minor cultural revolution in the history of humanity.Futurologists like Alvin Toffler suggest that the changing conditions of life we are now experiencing are so profound … Continue reading

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MANNERIST GARDEN: Dreams, Spirits and Sacred Wood

The Garden of Bomarzo…. The artists that the garden has inspired include Niki de Saint Phalle¬† and the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali, who incorporated some of its images into his paintings and who was once photographed holding a candle and … Continue reading

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