Monthly Archives: June 2012

Canon and Contingency

I do think that a great many of the supposed great men were indeed great, or that at least their books were. But I realize that their greatness was a function of a host of factors which recent scholarship has … Continue reading

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Dying To Know – “The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice.”

It’s worth considering that T. S. Eliot’s task, in “Tradition and The Individual Talent,” is nothing less than an attempt to transfer epistemology, the conditions of the possibility of objective (scientific) knowledge, as they were understood in the 19th century, … Continue reading

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Against Textbooks – Science as Literature

one of the most influential works of literary criticism and cultural history of the last quarter century Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, arguably the most important book written in English in the nineteenth century, transformed the way we … Continue reading

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From “Pasted-Paper Revolution” to “Collage”

The key to understanding Greenberg’s argument about cubism and collage is to center on one or two fundamental concepts – medium specificity and dialectical development. By medium specificity we mean that each artistic medium, the physical material out of which … Continue reading

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“et tibi dabo claves regni caelorum”

~ “What use is a golden key if it cannot unlock what we desire, and what is wrong with a wooden key if it can?” –Peter Abelard, Sic et Non Peter Abelard “Planctus David”

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Cervical Cortex – Lara Candland

• oravit Iona ad Dominum Deum suum de utero piscis • The Stuttgart Psalter, an illuminated Carolingian manuscript Place of origin: Saint-Germain-des-Prés Date of manuscript : around 830 CE Signature : Cod. bibl. 23 • moby dick: chapter lxxv abridged• … Continue reading

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The Irresistable Force

Ludwig van Beethoven “Piano Concerto #5 (The Emperor)” The glory mentioned in the Stephen Crane poem you posted is very much at the heart of Clausewitz‘s theory of war. This is something which, according to this mode of thought, can … Continue reading

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