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CURRENT READING: VANITY FAIR: WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERY

Vanity Fair's Becky Sharp is probably one of literature's greatest rogues, Reese Witherspoon's portrayal notwithstanding.Vanity Fair's Becky Sharp is probably one of literature's greatest rogues, Reese Witherspoon's portrayal notwithstanding.

There's great inspiration to be found in Thackery's brand of satire. It was panoramic, scything the heads off snobs and "peasants" alike.

Current Reading: On Beauty And Being Just: Elaine Scarry

When we behold the beautiful, we learn to be attentive to the world.When we behold the beautiful, we learn to be attentive to the world.

"[Beautiful things] lift us [up]...letting the ground rotate beneath us...so that when we land, we find ourselves in a different relationship to the world than where we were before."

Eliane Scarry in On Beauty And Being Just.

Current Reading: C : By Tom McCarthy (Knopf)

Constructivist, Bauhaus and other high-Modernist motifs mingled with almost a forensic diagram of the novel's coded structure.Constructivist, Bauhaus and other high-Modernist motifs mingled with almost a forensic diagram of the novel's coded structure.

“The air is rich tonight: still and cold, high pressure, the best time of year. . . . Above 650, the clicks dissipate into a thin, pervasive noise, like dust. Discharges break across this: distant lightning, aurora borealis, meteorites. Their crashes and eruptions sound like handfuls of buckshot thrown into a tin bucket, or a bucketful of grain-rich gravy dashed against a wash-boiler. Wireless ghosts come and go, moving in arpeggios that loop, repeat, mutate, then disappear.”

Tom McCarthy. "C"

CURRENT READING...dontstopdontstopdontstopdontstop:Hans Ulrich Obrist: Edited by April Elizabeth Lamm : Preface by Rem Koolhaas

M/M's polyphonic and anti-hierarchical design conceit is notable for the ease with which the texts can be read.M/M's polyphonic and anti-hierarchical design conceit is notable for the ease with which the texts can be read.

“If art takes place in a contemporary art museum (where we expect it), what does it mean? Art should not be about filling spaces, but about necessities and urgencies.”

Hans Ulrich Obrist

CURRENT READING: Florian Hecker:Chimerizations: DAP : Introduction by Catherine Wood. Text by Reza Negarestani, Stefan Helmreich

It's so au courant to explore the sonic revolution of electronic composer and sound artist Florian Hecker.It's so au courant to explore the sonic revolution of electronic composer and sound artist Florian Hecker.

This volume documents four sound pieces that dramatize auditory illusions, effectively composing within the relationship between our perception of pitch and the localization of sound, as we process the two in our auditory cortices. The pieces are partly transcribed using a form of notation called “typotranslation,” developed by Hecker at MIT.

CURRENT READING: TAMOTSU YATO (矢頭保): Otoko: Photostudies Of The Young Japanese Male

“Otoko” was published in 1972, a year before Tamotsu Yato's death“Otoko” was published in 1972, a year before Tamotsu Yato's death

"Tamotsu Yato (矢頭保), a photographer working in Japan from the mid-60s to the early 70s, created images of Japanese men that had a currency and evocativeness that were rare for his time.

Current Reading: Distinction: A Social Critique of the judgement of taste : Pierre Bourdieu

La Distinction is considered to be one of the ten most important books of the sociology of the 20th century.La Distinction is considered to be one of the ten most important books of the sociology of the 20th century.

I like snobs. They are too funny. You have to be amused by someone who takes invented values and treats them like they are the very meaning of life. A snob's commitment to the vissicitudes of taste, status and social hierarchy is after all, a romantic pursuit, and ultimately an exercise as poetic as it is futile.

CURRENT READING: Derry Moore: Evening Ragas : A Photographer in India

Armed with letters of introduction, Derry Moore made the acquaintance of many Indians of cultured and aristocratic backgrounds.Armed with letters of introduction, Derry Moore made the acquaintance of many Indians of cultured and aristocratic backgrounds.

‘The Photograph then becomes a new form of hallucination: false on the level of perception, true on the level of time. A temporal hallucination, so to speak".

Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida (1980).

Current Reading: Nightwood: Djuana Barnes

Nightwood depicts a world in which the boundaries of class, religion, and sexuality are beautifully porous.Nightwood depicts a world in which the boundaries of class, religion, and sexuality are beautifully porous.

“The perfume that her body exhaled was of the quality of that earth-flesh, fungi, which smells of captured dampness and yet is so dry, overcast with the odour of oil of amber, which is an inner malady of the sea, making her seem as if she had invaded a sleep incautious and entire.

CURRENT READING: Dangerous Muse: The Life Of Lady Caroline Blackwood: Nancy Schoenberger

The great, bracing spirit of absurdity that informed Blackwood's writing spills over into the tone of Schoenberger's prose.The great, bracing spirit of absurdity that informed Blackwood's writing spills over into the tone of Schoenberger's prose.

One odd thing leads to another. That whole hyper-linking thing? It happens to your mind these days.

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