Monthly Archives: May 2012

Envy, artistic and otherwise

In an article in the LA Review of Books, Sven Birker makes a distinction between “workaday envy” and “artistic envy”.  The former is just the usual envying of another for his success/material goods etc. And since, he argues, it is … Continue reading

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“The wealth of love”

So I’ve given Talk Talk’s Spirit of Eden a few spins, and am still trying to make sense of it – a difficult task for an album where the shortest song still clocks over five minutes, and which contains lyrics … Continue reading

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Glass brains

“You’ll have to excuse an old man, Mr. Barnes. We get set in our ways, and I suppose I was thinking more about how the police used to be than how they are now. Ben would have called them himself, … Continue reading

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“You think decadence has declined…?”

I’m not much for quirky comedies these days, mainly because in so many of them the offbeat itself has become the focus. But really, the quirkiness is at most an effect – of the slightly anthropological quality that satire takes, … Continue reading

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Illuminated manuscripts as platformers, fractal pancakes and other curiosities

It’s been a busy week, and my brain is kaput. So instead have some interesting links: Carl Pyrdum compares the representation of gravity in Mario and medieval illustrations. That post was via Thomas L. MacDonald, who recently posted an essay … Continue reading

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Harry Potter is more interesting than your poetry

The modern novels stood before me, anyhow, in a stack; and you can imagine their titles for yourself. There was “Suburban Sue: A Tale of Psychology,” and also “Psychological Sue: A Tale of suburbia;” there was “Trixy:A Temperament,” and “Man-Hate: … Continue reading

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The polyrhythms of despair

A New Wave of anxiety I’m not 100% happy with my two posts on university. Obviously it’s an area that can’t be done justice in a few off-the-cuff thoughts. I’m also finding that I’m just not good at being autobiographical; … Continue reading

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What I learned from university, part II

To wrap up my somewhat ranty and ill-conceived post, university, in spite of its best efforts, has never left me feeling satisfied and comfortable for too long. But this is exactly what made my experience valuable. University culture tends towards … Continue reading

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