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THE SHAMELESS KISS OF VANITY
The Cure, Richard Serra and Micheal Parenti
EVERYONE FEELS GOOD IN A ROOM
There’s a lot to be said about Robert Smith and The Cure. They still sound as good as ever with a career and band spanning over 45 years and 13 studio albums. I saw them last month for the second time and it was magical.
TWO CHORD COOL IN THE HEAD
I love when a relationship, platonic or romantic, evolves to the point that silence is comfortable. To be with a friend or loved one without the pressure to maintain a constant conversation is one of life’s simplest luxuries.
TELL ME THIS IS NOT REAL
Five things Tyler Has A Gun consumed last week
Series finales of HBOs Succession and Barry plus the first episode of The Idol
The Guest by Emma Cline
6 oysters, 3 jumbo shrimp, 1 scallop, 1 spicy tuna roll, 1 order of crispy brussel spouts, 1 cheeseburger, and 2 cocktails from Buck and Rider (not happy hour)
If you’re interested in sharing your consumption– reach out.
FROM TIME TO TIME HER EYES GET WIDE
I’ve come to the conclusion that I need about an hour every day dedicated solely to staring off into space.
WHISPERING ME AWAY FROM YOU
During my time away I was finally able to finish Super Patriotism by Michael Parenti, a thought-provoking piece of writing which aims to critique blind patriotism and the manipulation of nationalist sentiments. Parenti challenges the conventional notions of patriotism and explores its adverse consequences, delving into its various complexities and revealing the many ways in which it can be exploited to serve ulterior motives and suppress dissent.
Parenti provides historical context to make compelling arguments, examining the detrimental impact of excessive nationalism on society, and highlighting its role in perpetuating inequality, justifying militarism, and stifling critical thinking. Like all his previous, this book is well-researched and eloquently written, presenting a nuanced analysis of patriotism's dark side. The author is passionate and takes an unapologetic approach that challenges us to reevaluate our beliefs and embrace a more informed and critical perspective.
While some found Parenti's perspective controversial or unsavory at the time, Super Patriotism undeniably offers a valuable and timely critique of the perils of unquestioning patriotism and, in hindsight, provides a prescient view into the future. It is an essential read for those seeking a deeper understanding of the complex relationship between nationalism, power, and dissent in contemporary society.
IT’S LIKE TONIGHT I’M REALLY NOT ME AT ALL
Richard Serra's Tilted Arc is a monumental sculpture that emerged as a controversial work of art in the early 1980s. Installed in Foley Federal Plaza in New York City, the sculpture consisted of a massive, curving steel wall that divided the space. Measuring 120 feet long and 12 feet high, the piece aimed to challenge conventional notions of public art and the relationship between art and its environment.
Serra intended for the sculpture to provoke a visceral response from its viewers, who were encouraged to engage physically with the massive structure; over time, however, the piece became the subject of significant opposition and controversy as some critics argued that the sculpture was unwelcoming and disrupted the harmony of the plaza, while others raised concerns about safety and accessibility.
Finally, in 1989, the sculpture was dismantled as a result of mounting criticism and legal battles. Despite its short-lived existence, Tilted Arc sparked essential discussions about the nature of public art, the role of the artist, and the boundaries between artistic expression and public space.
I NEVER SAID I WOULD STAY UNTIL THE END