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Patrick R
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Fernand Léger: some words and pictures
August 19 [1955] — —This journal records too many deaths. Now it is Léger's. He was the greatest artist of our time. He will not only live, he will father an art. —John Berger, A Painter of Our Time (1958) I've worked for an art museum for several months, t...

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Amy, Her City
No news from St Thomas. Still in a freeze here. But: I recently had a new short story appear in the virtual pages of The Matador Review . It's called "Amy, Her City" and is about cities and stalkers and dreams. I have to thank Ms. Grassi (whom I first met i...

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Not so much a hiatus. More of a suspension.
It's not what you think. Not entirely. Here. Read this . So. Anyone (not sure if there's anyone, but you know) who's been following for the last few years might remember me occasionally mentioning someone named Hannah, moving to the Virgin Islands , breakin...

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Progress report
Not that I have any illusions about how many people are actually reading this blog and clamoring for updates, but this is my excuse for the last few weeks' inactivity. Been workin' on something. Hoping I'll arrive at point where I can logically pause, step ...

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stray thoughts: the rhyming spiral of history (pt 2)
Ary Scheffer & Charpentier, Portrait of John Calvin Meditating Elsewhere in The Western Intellectual Tradition from Leonardo to Hegel (1962), authors Bronowksi and Mazlish relate the brutal methods of theocratic dictator John Calvin in settling a dispute wi...

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stray thoughts: the rhyming spiral of history (pt 1)
Walter Raleigh (artist unknown) and Donald Trump (via Vasco Gargalo ). Note the politicians' shared affinity for ruffs.   Given all the signs and wonders promulgated daily in the sci&tech news, it can be tempting to believe the hype, to conclude that our pr...

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Poland slide show
Earlier this year I went to Poland to visit my father. That was...gosh, it was almost two months ago. We're way overdue for another slide show. A memorial in Pruszków's Park Potulickich. Monuments like this are everywhere around the Warsaw area, and from wh...

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arguing with something someone saying something about warhol said
Andy Warhol, Flowers (1970) Periodically throughout Passions for Nature: Nineteenth-Century America's Aesthetics of Alienation (2013), Rochelle Johnson shifts her aim from the intelligentsia of nineteenth-century America to the academy of twenty-first centu...

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The Aesthetics of Alienation
Asher Brown Durand, Progress (1853). Observing its similarities to Cole's Mount Holyoke (below) helps to clarify the paintings' shared "message." I recently finished reading Rochelle Johnson's Passions for Nature: Nineteenth-Century America's Aesthetics of ...

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ghost malls, the dissipation of space, & The Process
Hmm. Been a month since my last post. Guess I fell out of the saddle and have had a hard time getting back up in it. Since I was in Jersey a couple weeks ago and had an appetite for the ramshackle (having recently digested Sputnik Photos' Lost Territories W...
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