Tag Archives: Edmund White

betrayal : warming hands around the pyre

Some twisted ideology, getting the upper hand on common sense. But, then to some common sense is…..Is there a possibility of living outside of violence? Is pessimism an option option for thinking? ┬áHope and despair,much like the seeming opposites of … Continue reading

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bring on those brooding young men

“Conventionality is not morality, self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.” —Charlotte Bronte. How many young girls have imagined themselves as a lost Bronte sister, never forgiving themselves for having a childhood devoid … Continue reading

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built in obsolescence: vintage violence

In a first statement,somewhat off-guard, Gilad Shalit expressed support for the freeing of all Palestinian prisoners, if they do not turn around and engage against terror attacks against Israel, according to Al-Jazeera. While Palestinians are holding extensive celebration in Gaza, … Continue reading

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outlaw culture: drawn to darkness

Drawn to darkness and obscurity, but with a tenacious grip onto the light. Pure forms existing, withstanding, even though they convey impressions of isolation and alienation. There is a heroism of the outlaw, a kind of aesthetic, a beauty of … Continue reading

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exit strategy: swap and shop

Complex identities and conflicting and conflicted identities struggling with the burden of cynicism. Its hard to find the spiritual in profane times. But lets not work to hard at it.Dense and dark, the lyrical and the epic; the brooding and … Continue reading

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snap crackle and popping the con game

Can we shun a linear narrative, that narcotic like pacifier marked by its insistence, frequency and heavy dosage 7/24 in favor of a collage of episodes and impressions which means, by extension, a personal engagement with subculture. This also implies … Continue reading

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in between a boundary and a border

Border crossings. Illegal and clandestine transportation of the self to another realm….”Crimes of which a people are ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.” (Jean Genet) Its an image of the collapsing moment, liberated from the … Continue reading

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like necking with siamese twins

Why should violence be disavowed? After all, its just part of a tragic narrative seen within the context of the world’s greater failure and shortcomings. Perhaps, if we can remove the varnish of its mythology, we can, as Jean Genet … Continue reading

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genet’s existence and essence

Complexity of atmosphere and motive. Are morality and aesthetics mutually exclusive? In the case of Jean Genet, does eroticizing the victims, often his own lovers, wipe the slate clean, peeling away the layers of Judeo-Chrisitian morality? Jean Genet always put … Continue reading

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genet: love comes in spurts

.Masks. Mirrors. Symbols. Rituals, dreams and trances… Jean Genet’s The Blacks is constructed of two simultaneous plays within the play, one performed on stage, the other out in the wings. When the lights come up, several couples are discovered turning … Continue reading

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