Orwell: Dishonesty & Cowardice Will Be Paid For

    Worth re-reading in these times, however long karma takes to come due. (Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being makes a similar point in longer form)



    Scorcese and DeNiro talk at Tribeca Film Festival

    An elegy for Notre-Dame, in words and pictures

    @ Apollo Magazine, April 16. One example: 

    The Right Hand of God Protecting the Faithful against the Demons (c. 1452–60),
    Jean Fouquet. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

    Nick Cave: Back to Transgression

    The eternal heretic speaks - in religious voice.


    Punishment... Reward. Bring me my hairshirt and skewers.

    " Lil Nas X’s Smash Makes Country Wonder if Rap Is Friend or Foe. Again."

    Article by Jon Caramanica @ NYTimes.com/Music, April 11

    Over the last few weeks, “Old Town Road” — a strutting and lightheartedly comedic country-rap tune by the previously unknown 20-year-old rapper Lil Nas X — has lived an improbable number of lives.

    "You shouldn't let poets lie to you"

    Cash & Curie - curieosity & opening up the past

    I'd originally been looking at Rosanne Cash's comments on #MeToo,
    but came across her tribute to a tribute to Marie Curie (yes, recursive,
    or recuriesive depending, in this case Adrienne Rich as the midpoint)

    But is it Art? Paint by Numbers dude dies

    Did he popularize, democratize art, or simply debase it?
    Well, Dan Robbins will no longer be around to answer that question.
    But I hear he left some kind of Da Vinci Code to the truth -
    a sequence - simple yet sublime - 1 thru 50.
    Palettes ready?

    Food Review: LA Dishes on New York

    What can I say that hasn't been said...?
    (except St. Louis Bread Company seems to be nailing the vaunted trending "sliced bagels" niche -
    both coasts must be jealous as all hell - or so they at least think)
    Meanwhile, back to the Big (Candied) Apple - let that one stick.


    Super Mario Bros: down so long, still feels like up

    Hard to say why so many hate this movie - charming sweet, funny lines, over-the-top performances, and a vibe that's a cross between Bladerunner and Running Man. That it came out the same year as Jurassic Park (which I hated) is even more perfect. Dennis Hopper is the ultimate reptilian reprobate - no longer confined to sodomizing cupie dolls in a tiny shack by The River's Edge, but as a real live Kooper reliving his Blue Velvet "I'll fuck anything that moves!" rages. And this is bad?

    A Chinese science fiction writer goes to Burning Man.

    The Art of the Hustle

    Hearing ab​out a working girl who trades her life up should make us happy, right? Especially at the expense of Wall Street vultures... when metoo becomes Me Too...


    What's for Lunch? Lydia vs. the Cultural Vampires

    Just a link, a pointer to a world that once existed, that still exists but is lost under a global sea of daily pablum.
    She may not be *it* - nobody is - but she's part of *it*, part of the growth underneath, the bugs in the grass in a David Lynch movie, incessantly moving, foraging, moving earth, devouring and splitting and splintering. When we get tired of the nothingness, they will still be there, waiting to take it all down, not to build it over but to keep it in its place. That *is* underground.

    Jong at Heart: Everything is Copy

    Kids of famous people - kind of makes you jealous, all those advantages, and then you realize it's usually not an advantage, just the typical mixed kettle of fish.

    Molly shares some of that constantly reflexive view with us. Suddenly I have this curious wonder if Carly Simon wrote "You're So Vain" about herself. I don't meant that meanly - I mean it like she means it, "Everything is Copy", you're always on stage, or for book writers, soon to be a character in a book.

    To be the daughter of The Zipless Fuck - how you you go to Kindergarten with that on your name tag?

    What was revolutionary about the Western concept of high art

    In a nutshell:

    McLuhan is of course right. The issue is knowing whether you're the king's courtier or the brat. Since being the brat-rebel is cool, many courtiers fancy themselves that, when in fact they're the complete opposite. There is however one clear sing you're the brat... https://t.co/Ys7KwO262V

    Yo, gentlemen! that dad style and L.L.Bean thing has grown so tiresome

    think disco inferno blaxploitation Oscar Wilde?...

    Tom Ford: Fall 2019 https://t.co/xxji8rSobC

    — NYT Fashion (@NYTFashion) February 7, 2019


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    A True Hallmark, and a Botful Xmas to you

    Fun with bigender back in the day

    Sunset on Mars


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