Tag Archives: Jean Genet

grammatical fears? try the fold-in method

The phrases “literary inhibitions” and “grammatical fears” are revealing as a sort of post-modern aesthetic that had their roots particularly in the jargon and anti-language of the Beat poets and writing as a performance art. in their crude way they … Continue reading

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the chosen: wandering decisions

Tyranny of the majority. Its a stock character today, but is the perhaps dominant cultural aesthetic of our time: the endless variations on the neurotic and hyperarticulate, as well as sexually obsessed individual; throw in issues of class and assimilation … Continue reading

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fanon: stoking the flames of freedom

Frantz Fanon and the Wretched of the Earth. A prophet scorned. Fifty years after Frantz Fanon’s death, there is still an audience for this theorist of revolution. Question is, are the ideas relevant in an era of post-modernism?… …But prophets … Continue reading

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fanon: prospero complex

Frantz Fanon. The prophet scorned. Fifty years after his death, the audience is still attentive. Violence as the path of least resistance? …The second symptom of the Prospero complex is the symbolic equation of black skin with evil. One descends … Continue reading

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fanon: scorning with caliban

Frantz Fanon. The prophet scorned. This theorist of revolution, dead for the past fifty years, still finds an audience… …The settler meanwhile, having created this Caliban, fears the animal qualities with which he has invested it. The settler develops what … Continue reading

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dry bones: toothbrush testers

And presto! There’s polonium. Like magic. Like a bad propaganda flick, the blood libel appears in a new form. Arthur Rimbaud would laugh at this disordering of the senses; this artificial, contrived non-event that can be ascribed to an inauthentic … Continue reading

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this hour has 9 minutes and 11 seconds

Part of the long and victorious march of image over substance? Arafat. still a celebrity. Still a locus for the communal lives of many. It is one of those incomprehensible and unexplainable side effects whereby a manufactured pop culture icon … Continue reading

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dial m for money

and manipulation. A nice cozy complicity. How to understand Bob Diamond? Maybe he rose to his level of incompetence. Or, perhaps we can compare Diamond to what writer¬† Jean Genet once said said about himself, that the only thing he … Continue reading

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between five and six: cruising with the marquise

The Marquise Went Out at Five. Claude Mauriac put together a fine conception, worked out with a skill that few novelists have the patience or the delicacy to apply.This concept of time that knows neither past, present nor future and … Continue reading

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dual core

The paintings and art of the Orientalists, including photography, fostered tourism and a fascination with the Orient that shaped and reinforced the Western image of the Orient that is subjectively under the sway of still existing colonial motivations, religious intolerance … Continue reading

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