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Neurasthenia and Modernity

Edvard Munch Friedrich Nietzsche (1906) NEURASTHENIA: (noun) Psychiatry (not in technical use) nervous debility and exhaustion occurring in the absence of objective causes or lesions; nervous exhaustion. Edvard Munch The Dance of Life (1900) A life in boundless pursuit of … Continue reading

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“Form Follows Function” – Greenberg, Rand, Wright

I’m not the best person with whom to discuss Ayn Rand. I read a little of her in high school, and that’s about all. Students love her though, so at some time I’ll perhaps need to sit down and read … Continue reading

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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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Music and Mass Media

Glenn Gould is difficult to discuss. He is so odd, and for that very reason so clouded in myth, that it’s hard to see him for who or what is actually is. But this much is sure, that he retired … Continue reading

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T. S. Eliot’s Magdalenian Draughtsmen vs. Nietzsche’s Prehistoric Murderers and Self-Mutilators

Jean-Pierre Vernant “Tension and Ambiguity in Greek Tragedy” (1972) –Jean-Pierre Vernant delineates a compelling new vision of ancient Greece that takes us far from the calm and familiar images of Polykleitos and the Parthenon, and reveals a culture of slavery, … Continue reading

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Writing about The Dead vs. Writing among The Dead – Modernity and The Waste Land

Y: I have to ask is it right to judge a previous century against the more recent in regards to technologies available? It’s like getting critical of cavemen for not using Adobe Photoshop CS5 to do a painting. But yes, … Continue reading

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Tradition and the Prehistoric Talent – Not Primitivism but Stoneage Classicism

[The artist] must be aware that the mind of Europe–the mind of his own country–a mind which he learns in time to be much greater than his own private mind–is a mind which changes, and that this change is a … Continue reading

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“The English Countenance”

The difference is not a simple difference of degree between poets. It is something which had happened to the mind of England between the time of Donne or Lord Herbert of Cherbury and the time of Tennyson and Browning; it … Continue reading

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Apotheosis vs. Martyrdom

T. S. Eliot’s writings on the Metaphysical poets presents the modern poet as at odds with two poets from the baroque era, Milton and Dryden. These two figures do not just differ from the modern poet but they in fact … Continue reading

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