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CURRENT READING: THE LITERATURE OF ANCIENT EGYPT: WILLIAM KELLY SIMPSON

scraps of  hymns to the gods, mythological and magical texts,  extensive collections of mortuary texts, wisdom texts, poems,scraps of hymns to the gods, mythological and magical texts, extensive collections of mortuary texts, wisdom texts, poems,

Having grown up with all those Greco-Roman legends deep drilled in our heads, don't you wonder sometimes what preceded that tradition of "antiquity" ?

CURRENT READING: WRITING AND DIFFERENCE: JACQUES DERRIDA : Alan Bass (Translator)

Please consider Jacques  Derrida's call to "new ways of thinking, reading, and writing"Please consider Jacques Derrida's call to "new ways of thinking, reading, and writing"

This one goes out to the long lost memory of that certain college professor that made me read "Writing and Difference" as a part of his "Film and Philosophy" course. At the time I don't think I consciously understood a word of this early foray of Mr. Derrida into the field that came to be known as "Deconstruction". Deconstruction was so hot in the 90's it even became a fashion movement. Jacques Derrida was so hot in the 80's Scritti Polliti crooned an ode to him. How's that for cultural impact? Upon re-reading "Writing and Difference" these past few days (I will not front and say I'm anywhere close to finishing) , something occurred to me.

At the time I may not have consciously "gotten" Derrida's call to "new ways of thinking, reading, and writing,—new ways based on the most complete and rigorous understanding of the old ways" but I was very unconsciously inspired it. I think I'm currently in a process of experimentation based on that provocative thought that perhaps the body of Western knowledge we carry culturally is far from a complete and objective truth. If you like rebel energy then this great French thinker's invitation to, in essence, "question everything" is one of those compelling calls to intellectual freedom akin to The Sex Pistols screaming "I am an anarchist. I am the anti-christ."

Current Reading: Inside The White Cube : The Ideology Of The Gallery Space : Expanded edition : Brian O'Doherty.

If it is understood that art history could be, rewritten as a history of art exhibitions , it is in part  to these essaysIf it is understood that art history could be, rewritten as a history of art exhibitions , it is in part to these essays

"Notes On The Gallery Space ", the first of the articles , appeared in the pages of Artforum in 1976 ,

CURRENT READING: BRETT LLOYD: THE QUIETER POSTER BOYS : EXCLUSIVELY AT DASHWOOD BOOKS (NYC)

Brett Lloyd , he's going to be a thing and this "book" of his a serious collectible. Trust.Brett Lloyd , he's going to be a thing and this "book" of his a serious collectible. Trust.

OK so it's not so much a read as a look but boy what a luscious look it is!

DIGITAL MARKETING: FUTURE PUBLISHING

Picador and Ralph explore the signature nihilism of Mr EllisPicador and Ralph explore the signature nihilism of Mr Ellis

Today Friday July 16th, is submissions day meaning TI's inbox has been brimming with some interesting material recently. Quite exciting for me was an email concerning a current collaboration between Picador and digital creative agency Ralph around Bret Easton Ellis' new novel "Imperial Bedrooms" .

EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: RIZZOLI'S CARINE ROITFELD BIOGRAPHICAL BOOK WITH OLIVIER ZAHM: COMING FALL 2011

Telegraphing...Carine Roitfeld... Biography... Olivier Zahm...Rizzoli...Bound to be an extravaganza...Stop.Telegraphing...Carine Roitfeld... Biography... Olivier Zahm...Rizzoli...Bound to be an extravaganza...Stop.

And the beautiful people at Rizzoli wish to include you in on the process . Details as follows:

EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: MATTHEW WILLIAMSON by Colin McDowell: Foreword by Sienna Miller: RIZZOLI USA

Matthew Williamson by Colin McDowell: Cover courtesy of Rizzoli USAMatthew Williamson by Colin McDowell: Cover courtesy of Rizzoli USA

The ladies clearly love Matthew Williamson, heir to that great Boho-London tradition

CURRENT READING: IMPERIAL BEDROOMS: BRET EASTON ELLIS

The actual title of Imperial Bedrooms  is immaterial and irrelevant.  Bret Easton Ellis is the brand that sells.The actual title of Imperial Bedrooms is immaterial and irrelevant. Bret Easton Ellis is the brand that sells.

Let's not even try to review Bret Easton Ellis' new novel, "Imperial Bedrooms"

CURRENT READING: "Primitivism" in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, in Two Volumes

Primitive...Modern...Post Modern..it's all namecallingPrimitive...Modern...Post Modern..it's all namecalling

"Primitivism" In 20th Century Art : Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, the 1984 show at MOMA was one of those legendary exhibitions

CURRENT READING: DAVID HICKS: A LIFE IN DESIGN : RIZZOLI

Hicks’ incredibly privileged  lifestyle fed a highly dramatic , socially charged idea of decoratingHicks’ incredibly privileged lifestyle fed a highly dramatic , socially charged idea of decorating

Of all the legends of David Hicks, this one is my favorite.

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