SUBSISTENCE COOKERY

We are social creatures—so they say—especially so when we eat. There we demonstrate our willingness and ability to maintain friendship and community. And for most of our species’ existence friendships and communities were… Continue reading

PARTY ANIMALS

There is no doubt that institutions, public and private, for profit and not, are run like baboon troops, in spite of their HR memos and PR releases to the contrary. It should be… Continue reading

D.U.I.

That’s Democracy Under Influence, which is essentially no democracy at all. How can it really a democracy where the President was elected in 11/16 by a minority (46.1%) of votes and is currently… Continue reading

A ME MUSEUM

“Don’t it always seem to go / That you don’t know what you’ve got / Till it’s gone” Maybe, maybe not. Maybe you never had it. Consider that what you remember having could… Continue reading

WHEN YOU’RE A STAR

First, some psycho-philosophy. If you know all this, or just want to get to the point of the drawing quicker, scroll down to the second section. Existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre (the “Hell is Other… Continue reading

SHIFT HAPPENS

It could be that the great USA experiment (“government by the people…,” “…pursuit of happiness,” blah blahblah) is over. And not like Francis Fukuyama’s “End of History.” No, its demise is more a… Continue reading

“Hi, I’m … and I’m a politician.”

“Great men are almost always bad men” wrote John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton in 1887. This was no doubt observed many times, many millennia before him and seems be true as I write… Continue reading

ART FOR ARTIST’S SAKE

You may say that an artist is what he or she does, if that what he or she makes is art—however you define that—then, its creator is an artist. But you could also… Continue reading

THE POND BEHIND THE SAUSAGE FACTORY

Welcome to America, where we think we are free, but we really aren’t. We are fish in a pond, free to swim in circles or to stop swimming and “drown,” free to eat… Continue reading

SOCIAL PARASITISM

This post is a fish as human anthropomorphism as a metaphor for ARTWORLD. But it’s not perfect, as the supposed parallels are often not there and my biology ain’t all right either. Let… Continue reading