Tag Archives: Walt Whitman

mutilated english: decode it man

If one is searching for springs of language undefiled by pedantry, politics, or motivational vector analysis, what more likely place to look than the domain of belles-lettres? For is it not reasonable to assume that poets and novelists- craftspeople who … Continue reading

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back to the futurism: cleansing joy of combat

F.P. Marinetti and futurism. The grand effort to wipe out every vestige of the past. As the poet Guillaume Apollinaire wrote in 1913, it was the first collective effort to suppress history in the name of art… While Filippo Marinetti … Continue reading

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running from the glare of lights

Pop culture as a religion of poses, mimicking the empty religion that has normatively been disseminated to the common denominator. The counter empty gesture harking back to the pre-religious paganism, the sense of wonder in the grove at Alba and … Continue reading

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the washington square drips and splatters

Hard to pinpoint what brought them together, this collection of opposites that endured to the end. Arshile Gorky was a late and marginal member in Andre Breton’s surrealist circle and he may have transmitted the importance of trusting introspection, and … Continue reading

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what if there was no back then

Not impressed. Deeply dissatisfied. But not surprised at this confrontation with the passive-aggressive; the yearning to be like him, then the abject tragedy arising when the initiative is undertaken. Harold Bloom was just the man to review ¬†Robert Crumb’s The … Continue reading

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rimbaud: farewell of the damned

He held out for some sort of salvation, but what that was to be, its form, went largely unknown and undefined. The broken home, childhood sexual trauma, abusive parents, addiction. Like Jean Genet, the criminal and outlaw experience informed the … Continue reading

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homer: arcadia americana

It’s art that arrives at its destination from the outside and then pays attention to observation. Homer is part of the strong figurative tradition in American art, and although appropriated as a popular stereotype it reaches back to older, quite … Continue reading

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occupy the authentic

Its a complete distortion and perversion of some very profound thinking by the likes of Viktor Frankl and his will to meaning. The experiences of a holocaust death camp survivor filtered through the maze of pop culture into a reified … Continue reading

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I’d rather be a weed

It can be plausibly argued that violence does cause thinking. If peace was predominant, there would never be much occasion for thoughtful reflection. So, thinking is bound to violence, and violence seems the janus-faced side of civilization. And, the trick … Continue reading

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soliloquy: photos of american monologues

Small vignettes that serve as a form of Americana that bend the universal into the national.Taking an extravagant oral style of the past and coaxing it into sensitive human revelation.¬† Whether one considers them Mark Twain or an even older … Continue reading

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