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nobility of the common folk

The eighteenth century was reality of a different kind of grand and noble. In fact, the reality was more prosaic, banal and mundane, or at least it appeared so to a casual eye. It was a different perspective on what … Continue reading

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WWI: spirit of violence and hysteria

The malaise of the First World War. Even staunch humanists like Thomas Mann were caught up in the jingoistic fever, the pomp and ritual of nihilism. In 1914 he asked, “Is not war a purification, a liberation, an enormous hope?” … Continue reading

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return on investment: kabul estates

The problem with the concept of the word evil, is that it resembles a black hole, a field that stretches toward infinity. The world is short of many things, but the supply of evil-doers and their willingness to act is … Continue reading

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toe biz: the shoe comes before the foot

…Since wearing shoes is synonymous with wearing bad shoes,the modern shoe inevitably becomes an instrument of deformation. The very concept of the modern shoe does not admit of an intelligent solution; it is not made to fit a human foot … Continue reading

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toe twiddlers: same old foot

No shoe is too bone breaking, nor corset too breathtaking, nor bodily alteration to excruciating for man not to have tried it out in his continuing pursuit of the fashionable body… …Shoe manufacturers have shown admirable patience with nature. Despite … Continue reading

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the secret agent: what hannah adams started

The secret agent as a culture hero. What historic forces underlie what really is a sinister trend? How and where did it start? Historically, the mystique of the secret agent has grown out of more than two centuries of revolutionary … Continue reading

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bruegel: keeping identity with nature

For Pieter Bruegel the Elder, man is faulty, he is potentially noble, and that his existence is legitimized by his position as an integral but not central unit of the cosmos- although not within such arbitrarily neat compartments. Rejecting the … Continue reading

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oil spill

Probably the best one price oil paint on the art market. No series 2 or 3 at inflated prices. Pigments are fairly good and an ideal value for painters that use oil in quantity and like to work with palette … Continue reading

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zimbabwe: solomon’s temple

Who built the Great Ruins of Zimbabwe? Some say King Solomon, and others the Queen of Sheba. A person’s answer is likely to be taken as a quick index to their political bias, especially in formerly white rules Rhodesia where … Continue reading

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evil:designed to last

The existence of villainy in a world under divine supervision is an issue which has long troubled humanity. In terms of literature and the arts, the presence of the serpent in the Garden of Eden was an unqualified and unmixed … Continue reading

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