Thursday, June 5, 2008

Straws in the wind

.... darke texts need notes - John Donne

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If I could only have seen a hummingbird fly, it would have been an epoch in my life - Ruskin

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... what was learned by rote is remembered by heart. - Eric Griffiths

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Criticism lives with travesty as its natural condition. - Geoffrey Hill

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... the potency of transient reputation. - Ibid.

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... pathetic little audacities from positions of bourgeois security." - Frank Kermode

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Most texts which accompany contemporary art production are so alarmingly twisted and woolly that they could easily pass for self-parody. Clucking hysterically they describe works "which hover on the border between the visible and the invisible", which - in the most wonderful way - "function as a link between geology and biology", which - how could it be anything else - "tackle aesthetic-political questions on cultural difference and the migration of form", which - it goes without saying - "reference the key artistic avant-guards of the 20th and 21st centuries", while naturally "incorporating the key questions of architecture, design, philosophy and science" and representing, in their spirituality, "a realisation of the present". - Christian Demand

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The internet is in the service of capitalism not least because you need a computer and various kinds of networks to access and use it. Computers and networking require, create, and fuel a consumer economy. Computer equipment is made by the hands of people very far removed from the end products, and when obsolete, returns to them on very unequal terms (that is: it poisons poor people in particular and the environment in general). It also presumes literacy, which is expensive and unequal. There is no such thing as equal access. - Anonymous

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... to be analysable doesn't make a bit of language good. - William Empson

1 comment:

the unreliable narrator said...

ZOMG I am in love with Anonymous. And I suspect you know who HE is too, don't you, you little Marxist weasel?!?