Tag Archives: Donald Kuspit

a meme as astral seeks

Playing with memes and avoiding the minefield of sensationalism, and new variants on the theme of pornography, which seems to be the antithesis of magic and at least something surprising, compelling and not entirely comprehensible. [Kitsch] is perhaps most clearly … Continue reading

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it’s not the meat it’s the notion

“The concept of spectacle unifies and explains a great diversity of apparent phenomena. The diversity and the contrasts are appearances of a socially organized appearance, the general truth of which must itself be recognized. Considered in its own terms, the … Continue reading

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so cute you could die

Zany,the often obscure cult of cute with its cutting edge cookie cutter style of homogenized aesthetic quality as mass commodity. An aggressive antidote to the beautiful or the sublime, but rather irritating and shallow often in the realm of the … Continue reading

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phenomenal powers: gaining altitude

The phenomenal powers of LSD to intensify and change the mind. A good or an ill? ¬†Under controlled conditions, an enlargement of sensitivity and perceptiveness casting a new light on the source of creativity? To many, it is a deep … Continue reading

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which picasso?

What made Picasso unique in the history of art is the degree to which he became what may be described as an orchestrator of the public attitude toward his work, expertly creating sympathetic responses to his various successive styles. These … Continue reading

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t.s. eliot: obsessed with meat

T.S. Eliot a reactionary? The charges of fascism were of course brought against Eliot, and also against Yeats, Lawrence, Pound, and Wyndham Lewis for that ,matter, part of the romantic tug towards purity and blood one can imagine, the kind … Continue reading

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sailing against idiot winds

…Chris Hitchens would have disagreed, but the question can be posed nonetheless as to whether reason can accept Divine Revelation, the proposition that god can, and does communicate with the individual? To the believer, reason is no obstacle to the … Continue reading

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none was too many

So it goes, that many assert that if man is to be truly free,then he must be free to make his own moral decisions, accepting or rejecting a given absolute moral standard, or else he is neither free nor even … Continue reading

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the cult of mary; and along comes suffering

Andre Malraux sought the key to humankind’s fate by a philosophical study of all the world’s art. His Metamorphosis of the Gods traced the evolution of the Gods in art. The demi-gods, the half eternal and the sacred art of … Continue reading

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metamorphosis: they begin to mingle

Andre Malraux was an agnostic who worshiped art, and whose private cathedral was that vast and dizzying intellectual structure he called the “imaginary Museum.” Jean Onimus once said of Malraux, “Malraux cannot resign himself to the Death of God. He … Continue reading

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