BOX AMERICANA

Pax Americana? No, more like pox, pox Americana. Poxed in a box Americans. You say, per Lee Greenwood, “And I’m proud to be an American / Where at least I know I’m free”… Continue reading

CONSENSUS OF INCOMPATIBLES

On a TV show, a shrink quotes her late husband, also a shrink, “There is no humanity, there are only humans…” and I now paraphrase the rest, “and each is driven and attracted… Continue reading

COCK FIGHT

The scene here is at first glance simple. We seem to have classic cock fight; a pair of bought and paid for, bred for the job chickens circle in the pit. They are… Continue reading

STATUE OF LIMITATIONS

The artist sculpts no more public works ennobling the others; he carves no more edifices at their behest for their enrichment. He was an appropriator, but never a forger; he worked in any… Continue reading

I-BYZANTIUM

Consume my heart away; sick with desire And fastened to a dying animal It knows not what it is; and gather me Into the artifice of eternity. (W. B. Yeats 1933) We tend… Continue reading

ART, POOR ART II

He asks himself whether art in itself (l’art pour l’art) was the reason he did it, not the praise he got for his efforts. Yes, he enjoyed the gestures themselves and the magic… Continue reading

THE FRISSON OF ATTEMPTING DUENDE

There are some words in some languages that can’t be said as a single word in other languages. So there must be words used in American English that don’t translate well. But you’d… Continue reading

‘ESCHATON US, AGAIN!

Not yet this week, but we still have Friday. This week’s illustration is first an homage to a dimly remembered three stooges shtick, subbing Larry, Moe and the other one’s hot potato for… Continue reading

EVERYTHING THAT IS THE CASE

“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.” –Ludwig Wittgenstein Or not. We use words that have no meaning all the time. Like our homunculus here. He’s a man of modest means… Continue reading

SH*T OF STATE

“If something happens blame him…” —Donald J. Trump A true story: Less than a month after a newly elected head of government had been sworn in, there was a fire in the building… Continue reading