Tag Archives: John Zorn

the color blue: hands-on experience

There is almost a synonymous relationship between modern art and various degrees of eroticism extending to the outright perverse, which was implicit from Manet and Picasso and remains a significant, even vital component in its post-modern manifestations straddling the blurred … Continue reading

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trial and tribulation: May ’68 …A.D.

The trial of Jesus. Was Christ condemned to death by the Jews, as tradition held for so long, or was he really executed by the Romans as a political offender? …. The effect of the Jewish War in 66 A.D. … Continue reading

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little red books: messianic with the lord of chin

The emperors’ mandate was to rule “all under Heaven,” which meant not only China but the surrounding barbarian areas that still awaited the civilizing influence of China. After all, the Chinese name for China means “Middle Kingdom” and embodies the … Continue reading

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pouring salt on the dream: land of wine and roses

Radical Jewish culture. It seems to be the natural habitat of the near geniuses, the brilliant, the firebrands, the authentic rebels and the general shit disturbers motivated by a profound conviction. Come to think of it, Zionism has and will … Continue reading

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gnostic picnic with the guy in the armor

Yahweh and nihilism. Nothing like a nice flood or some other event to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start. Turning the mattress over. Putting the world through the deep scrub dishwasher cycle.Clearly, Harold Bloom and his Yahweh … Continue reading

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case of mistaken identity: but not in my backyard

Mistaken identity and false pretense. Mistaken identity has always been the source for arriving at some rich existential meanings.But, behind fervent religious belief, is it the will to meaning in the sense of Victor Frankl, or some twisted ideology arising … Continue reading

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lotus surreal: kimono my people

Do they deliberately mean to be unfathomable? The Japanese way of life has always contained a challenge to Western individuals which historically has provoked extreme responses. At one end, there is a feeling of enviousness of a spirit of graceful … Continue reading

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ART AS HELL IN A HAND-CART: The New Objectivity?

“The logical result of Fascism is the introduction of aesthetics into political life.” …”All efforts to render politics aesthetic culminate in one thing: war.” (Walter Benjamin )…”A work of art carries its defence within itself.” ( Jean Cocteau). Entartete Kunst … Continue reading

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TURN ON, TUNE IN, AND DROP OUT?

According to the “knowability thesis,” every truth is knowable.Frederic Fitch’s paradox refutes the knowability thesis by showing that if we are not omniscient, then not only are some truths not known, but there are some truths that are not knowable. The … Continue reading

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