When You Can’t Go Home Again: Immigrants and Artists Reflect

    The review of this show reminds me that I have noticed a trend in elite and expensive contemporary art, especially as wealthy collectors are global, to seek out and regard new immigrant talents in MFA programs, especially African diaspora. Partly because at this point in time Africa is seen as where all the cultural excitement is. This seems to aggravate some Afro-American artists, who feel that they deserve this moment in the sun first.

    Papyr R Us or Da Hammurabi Code

    Hobby Lobby gets a new claim to fame in the Egyptology/Biblical Origins trade


    Create a delusion: MAGA YouTube playlist!

    Obama's favorite movies & TV shows of 2019

    "My City Was Gone", Addis version

    Ethiopian cartoonist documents culture flux - could be any major city (hat tip AA - Art App, not Addis Ababa...)


    Schjeldahl''s "The Art of Dying", published Dec. 16, 2019

    Neuromancer grown up: Future as Past

    We're already living he future - not as a singularity, but as a haphazard assault on the senses.

    Will we survive? How even to process this as a writer - there's nothing ooh-aah that's not taken over in 5 seconds by something outlandish on the outside, either political ore technological or societal. The Seer is struggling to keep up.

    William Gibson:




    Tinder in 1850

    Maus Over: A Look in the Spiegel, Man

    [worth holding around longer than In The News pieces]

    While Art Spiegelman became the persona he'd resisted:


    Fascinating read how comic book heroes grew up mainly as creation of mainly underclass Jews as some kind of New York groundswell of response to rising fascism:

    On the Art of Translating: Constance Garnett

    I've obsessed over Camus translations. García-Marquez and Milan Kundera spent years shepherding translations of their works. Others we broach the language and linguistic challenges to "read it in the original", trusting ourselves with the sleight of hand. [Perhaps to suffer the fate of our Great Dame in Paris, as revealed in her diaries: "Reading Proust." Years later: "Still reading Proust."] A wise ole teacher once remarked to me "who translates from a translation betrays twice." or something similar.

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    Hi there, I'm just stopping by ...

    ... to say hello.  I've missed this place and all (well, most) of you.  From the looks of things all is as it should be in the land of Dag.  Very nice.

    I won't stay and interrupt; I just wanted to let you know that you are never far from my thoughts. 

    Take care.

    Zelensky's "Servant of The People"

    Lit Reading: Best of 21st Century

    20 Years in, how much have you read - and how well's the end of writing as we know it holding up?




    Best evah Halloween costume


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