Tag Archives: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

palladio no palladian

Was Palladio a Palladian? The “Palladian style” was celebrated throughout the Western world, yet the Master’s own works fit few of the formulas… It is an odd thesis to assert that Andrea Palladio is unknown. If any architect has achieved … Continue reading

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karl marx: the romantic idealist

Karl Marx: the romantic idealist exhorting man to triumph over the things he manufactures… …It was to this generation that Karl Marx, born in 1818, belonged. There is no cause for surprise that he became a revolutionary; it would almost … Continue reading

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How not to win a war

How not to win a war? A good beginning would be to ignore Karl Maria von Clauswitz- as we have apparently have been doing for the past seven decades…. Since 1945, under the stimulus of the Cold War, an immense … Continue reading

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tin drums: marching to a different beat

…Nobel laureate G√ľnter Grass is expected to be released from a Hamburg hospital within days, after undergoing what his secretary called a routine test. Grass was admitted on Monday, less than two weeks after his poem criticising Israel triggered a … Continue reading

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not the same dust

There is a struggle between darkness and light, day and night that goes back to earliest antiquity. Kandinsky wrote about this ability to find the “in between” that would reconcile the two in his “Spiritual in Art.” But Germany? Its … Continue reading

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a bigger bang: head shots and dumbing down

Blame it on bourgeois ethics? Is the successful t.v. series The Big Bang Theory merely insulting in its violence; a violence which may be an endemic cultural trait within middle-class values, that repository of conservatism and arch determination to maintain … Continue reading

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PLEDGING FAITH AS COLLATERAL: Sloth & the Imp

“This new millennium already marked by killings is merely a sign of what Conrad called our miserable ingenuity. How we love to create Devils and Gods and bloody rivers of ways to get their almighty attention. What we turn away … Continue reading

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