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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.

CURRENT READING: CRITIQUE OF JUDGEMENT: IMMANUEL KANT

Taste, as such, was not limited to the realm of the aesthetic, but also encompassed morality, subject to universal order.Taste, as such, was not limited to the realm of the aesthetic, but also encompassed morality, subject to universal order.

It is not an easy book to read but " Critique Of Judgement" is essential groundwork for anyone interested in the 'history of aesthetics". An easier sub-title to help open up the infuriatingly dense subtext of the work is to think of Kant's Critique as his theory of taste.

EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: BOLD, BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED: THE WORLD OF 80's FASHION ILLUSTRATOR TONY VIRAMONTES : LAURENCE KING

Steven Meisel and Teri Toye by Tony Viramontes. Teri Toye Illustration: ViramontesSteven Meisel and Teri Toye by Tony Viramontes. Teri Toye Illustration: Viramontes

"Draw for yourself, paint for yourself, take photographs for yourself, you will love them so much more."

Viramontes

CURRENT READING: THE EGYPTIAN : A NOVEL BY MIKA WALTARI

Considered one of the greatest works of Scandinavian literature, Waltari evokes ancient Egypt with amazing sensory detailConsidered one of the greatest works of Scandinavian literature, Waltari evokes ancient Egypt with amazing sensory detail

CURRENT READING: FUTURETAINMENT: Yesterday the World Changed, Now It's Your Turn: Mike Walsh

Futuretainment is a radical rethink of digital media theory and  a  brilliant redesign of the traditional business book.Futuretainment is a radical rethink of digital media theory and a brilliant redesign of the traditional business book.

CURRENT (RE) READING: HALSTON: Edited by Steven Bluttal, text by Patricia Mears : Phaidon

The cover of Phaidon's redux of it's iconic Halston volumeThe cover of Phaidon's redux of it's iconic Halston volume

Again? You would think by now the Halston archives have been exhausted unto dust.

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