In which an unwritten work is mercilessly reviewed; or, what I’d like to see written and how…
In this instant classic of suspenselessness we find the villain Jan Hoovervort murdering the UN Secretary General and shooting fifteen delegates in Queens, then he makes an abortive path to Washington D.C. to tackle the sitting President with hugs and bullets. Suffice to say he does not complete his quest and he dies in the doing.
The immediate, glaring defect of this work is the fateful reconciliation to his task that Jan displays. He knows he is enforcing a coercive effect on history and he relishes the lifeless act of murder needed for completion. Yet the ease with which he flows in this mode is astounding. He relegates his life to the assassin’s creed and loves every minute of it. For he knows that murder is a simple art and if someone is to be deposed then all the easier for it. And that is the impact Jan Hoovervort gives to the world, the senseless homicide of a somewhat defenseless official. Jan mars the consciousness of this world with pure, facile evil.
The dominant strain of mur’drous writing inflicts on the reader a false suspension of disbelief. The truth is in the telling for the above mentioned faux ouvre. You would have had a difficult time with the cult classic Is Your Mind My Own?
Posted in Nuances and Subtleties | Tagged Criminality, Death, Faux, Is Your Mind My Own?, Jan Hoovervort, Literature, Murder, Suspense, Trompe L'oiel, writing, Writing on Writing | Leave a Comment »
The culture of a people reflects them. When this culture is bent towards profit through creativity it can be used for any number of things. Commercial culture has its’ creators and the above mentioned are certainly in their respective pantheons. Their reflections are supposedly untrue, even to the ideal vision of the mass of people reflected upon.
These crass sayings and thoughts about Miyazaki and Rockwell penetrate though they do not gain access to the creator’s vitality. It is a vitality which feeds upon how people would like to view themselves. It shows a courage, an optimism, a belief that the span of living can improve with improvements to a culture. However clearly these two artists harken back to a time that never was, their visions speak volumes for the hopes and fears of their represented cultures.
Rockwell has critically taken a beating for decades and yet Miyazaki is adored. Will one fade while the other brightens? The focus is on you.
Posted in Culture Shock | Tagged America, Culture, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, Miyazaki, Norman Rockwell, Rockwell, United States | Leave a Comment »
Gild the lily with this whimsical volume!
As an amateur student of language this volume is indispensable. An idiom is “an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but that has a separate meaning of its own.” Don’t be boxed in by poor literal meanings, get metaphorical this season with a tried and true method. Don’t be a second-class citizen of the English Language, escape the rate race of speaking and get a leg up on the competition this year and next.
Evan Kerry, 2013
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Peter Schjeldahl, of The New Yorker fame, has claimed the Norman Rockwell fantasy for America!
In his lastest blog entry, New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahl, has stolen Norman Rockwell from the masses and told us just how painterly he is. See for one’s self: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/11/a-kind-word-for-norman-rockwell.html?mbid=gnep&google_editors_picks=true
Though it is a tad trifling for him to tell us now. It is due exactly to his painterly abilities and marketability that he was so beloved by Americans. Mr. Schjeldahl, ever the attentive modernistical critic, has allowed us through his blog post from Conde Nast to finally view Norman Rockwell with the attention he deserves. 3 cheers for Norman…er, I mean Peter S.!
Posted in Art | Tagged 20th Century, Abstract Expressionism, America, American Painting, Clement Greenberg, Norman Rockwell, Peter Schjeldahl, Rockwell | Leave a Comment »
If you find yourself in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania in this lifetime, then you must head over to the http://www.whartonesherickmuseum.org/
First a painter, then a woodblock printmaker, and most of all a sculptor of wood, Wharton Esherick was the visionary of the modern form. His house is an ode to his passion and you must, must visit it, I tell you. Almost everything contained in it was made by him and for him. Below is a picture of the home.
But do not take my word for it, do the simple research and plan your trip, now.
Posted in Architecture and Infrastructure | Tagged 2013, Daytrip, Daytripping, Home, House Architecture, Pennsylvania, SEPA, Trip, Wharton Esherick, Wharton Esherick Museum | Leave a Comment »
Via YouTube discovery of one of the best living traditional banjo pickers from Appalachia..Young Buck too.
In my wanderings about YouTube I’ve discovered an excellent banjo picker by the name of Clifton Hicks. If you are so inclined please subscribe to his YT channel or check out his videos. I can’t garner much more info than that he is from the South and plays an excellent banjo. Here are a few videos below:
Going down the Road Feelin’ Bad
I hope you can enjoy this American Music as much as I do.
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