Monthly Archives: July 2011

David McLendon – guests post on Robert Lopez’s “No News Today”

You did what you did. You drank short blindful drinks and held your body too close to the world. You lost your sleeves and showed up with wounds. You cropped what you could of the sun’s unappeasable light. You grappled … Continue reading

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Bear Kirkpatrick: A Loaded Gun – essay by Brian Kubarycz

His Life Had Stood—A Loaded Gun: Myth and Metamorphosis in The Photography of Bear Kirkpatrick My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun— In Corners—till a Day The Owner passed—identified— And carried Me away— And now We roam in Sovereign Woods— And … Continue reading

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The Voice Crucified – Dear Mr. Capote

The two novels I always come back to are Kenneth Burke’s Towards A Better Life and Gordon Lish’s Dear Mr. Capote Each is a protracted monologue of aggressive artificiality. I see them as baroque efforts to crucify the human voice, … Continue reading

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Photography as The New Hegemonic Medium

It’s hard to overestimate he significance of photography in the work (and life) of critic Susan Sontag, perhaps one of the 20th century’s most photographed women. (Sontag spent the final years of her life in a long-term relationship with noted … Continue reading

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Immer Lauter

“There were no punches anymore. I had borne up under, twin fists in me, endured blows with humility. God claimed their smart away. But in their place there beat extended wings. A different batch of blood thrilled in my veins.” … Continue reading

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Monuments of The Cubist Struggle

–Clement Greenberg, “The Pasted-Paper Revolution” (1947) In 1910 Braque had already inserted a very graphic nail with a sharp cast shadow in a picture otherwise devoid of graphic definitions and cast shadows, Still-life with Violin and Palette, in order to … Continue reading

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Mugged and Murdered- The Hijacking of The Avant-Garde

Art critic Clement Greenberg’s historical materialism will not permit him to accept any version of the myth of universal human nature. Rather, consciousness is determined, for the Marxist Greenberg, by economic conditions. This become apparent in his discussion a peasant’s … Continue reading

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