Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Strip away the theological glow (leave the clouds and specters) and is medieval thought primarily that of the weirdness of  the inorganic? The chronological uprooting (present in the very term postmediaeval) nods to the medieval as a type of other worlding in various forms of nerdiness, particularly in games. There is a twisted elemental mediaevalism […]


Curiosities

01Feb11

The table of contents and cover design for Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s The Thackery  T Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. The general description is as follows: “A showcase for some of the world’s greatest imaginations, copiously illustrated… A stunning find beneath the famed Dr. Thackery T. Lambshead’s house years after his death: a basement space lost […]


Timothy Morton’s Ecology without Nature is a fairly disappointing text. In many ways it reads like notes on postmodern theory which vaguely concern nature or, more specifically the aesthetics of nature. As Paul has noted here Morton’s classification of nature leaves something to be desired as he calls nature transcendental (14) and furthermore that nature […]


/1/ – Setting the terms Background – the term itself invokes at least two meanings: one temporal, the other spatial. In the former, one’s background is indicative of history ancient (a family’s background) and more recent (a background check). In the latter it is purely functional (what is behind the subject supporting it) or more […]


/1/ – At Century’s turn The very concept of the turn of the century, whether rendered in English or the French fin de siècle, is tethered to one particular time: the shift from the 19th to the 20th century. This temporal lurch appears more drastic then any other because of the technological advances of the […]


/1/ – Exaltation of the Ordinary What is so terribly strange about the musical film? Musicals, on one level or another, seem to sensationalize the mundane (to borrow a phrase from a friend), they galvanize the sad pointless tidbits of existence. Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg goes even beyond this in that instead of […]


/1/ – Graphic novel or comic book? The idea of a field like comic book studies (which is a not really established field within another not really established field – Popular Culture Studies) might appear pretty laughable even to non-academics, or more serious lit folks who thumb their noses at comics in general. Comics, for […]


/1/ – What has art been? Nigel Cooke’s Morning is Broken Following Alain Badiou (as per usual) I stand by the fact that art remains one of the fields of truth (the others being science, politics and love). This is not to simply drudge up the old relation of truth and beauty nor I’m I […]


/1/ – Bob Žižek? In their article “Play Fuckin’ Loud: Žižek versus the Left” Rex Butler and Scott Stephens discuss a moment in Martin Scorsese’s documentary about Bob Dylan called No Direction Home: “One of the events the film depicts is Dylan’s now famous concert at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1966, during which […]


Last week PBS’s show American Experience ran an episode on the Donner Party. The Forlorn Hope, the fifteen who set out from the party trapped in the snow storm, as it is well known, eventually resorted to cannibalism. When they butchered the dead for eating, the survivors made sure to label the wrapped packages of […]



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