Archive for August, 2011

Here and There and Gone Again

The early newspaper cartoonists had tremendous audiences for their work, audiences that would be unheard of today for any similar form of entertainment. They also had the illusion, though, of impermanence.

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Solipsistic Oneness

This essay first appeared on Splice Today. __________________ One of my favorite recordings is the Hilliard Ensemble’s CD of Perotin’s vocal music. Perotin was a 13th century composer; he’s perhaps the most important pioneer of polyphonic music. In contrast to earlier Gregorian chant, which followed a single melody line, Perotin’s compositions weave, and elongate — […]

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Shapeless

I’ve long been interested in reading Haney’s Metamorpho — it seemed like, if Haney was brilliant with other people’s characters, what would he do with his own?

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Die Hard, the Last Man

But despite the critique of traditional action-hero masculinity, Die Hard is in the end extremely ambivalent about the idea of autonomous women.

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Overthinking Things 8/29/2011

Thermae Romae, by Yamazaki Mari explores the connections between the bathing cultures of Ancient Rome and Modern Japan is an eclectic and charming way.

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Utilitarian Review 8/27/11

This week’s blogging and links.

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Waterlilies: Paintings in Context

Those paintings took up so much space it was like the whole world had gone blue and green and full of light and weedy flowers and if you got close you could see all these brushstrokes.

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