The Big Short: The Truth is Like Poetry

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Boring old painting done by Simon Birch

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Brilliant and fantastically thought-provoking new installation by Simon Birch

For explanations of why the first piece by Simon Birch is boring and why the the second one is a work of genius hit the link below. You will also understand how Birch realized his own genius by thoroughly jettisoning the trite, stale and boring painting at top and going on to create the bedazzling and illuminating installation below it. Of course you’ll need to read between the lines as well as explore for yourself the deep concepts that underlie the installations of Birch. You can get started by reading this nonsensical sales propaganda piece from the NY Times (where else can you find nonsensical sales propaganda of this caliber?)

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Above: Simon Birch at an airplane graveyard in Mojave, CA. Note deep symbolic meanings.


“Truth is like poetry. And most people fucking hate poetry.”

That’s a quote from the film The Big Short which only people who want to get in contact with the truth, as well as poetry should run out to see over the holidays. It’s a heartwarming tale of the massive greed and fraud of Wall Street and the American people’s avid desire to participate in the fraud. And their avid desire afterwards to pretend that it never happened, happy to go back to loving Wall Street Greed and power as it’s all just good spirited hi jinks.

Brilliant performances all around. Brilliant writing. Thanks to Michael Lewis for his brilliant book.


Of course the movie is a comedy, as it should be. What else will anybody watch these days but a comedy? As America is a great comedy. Joy, laughter and love! That’s us. I feel so much love coming at me through the internet and the art community as a whole it’s hard to keep from weeping some times. Shoot the messenger. What great courage I find out there in sleepy-bye land.

Of course, people “fucking hate” poetry just like they “fucking hate” art.  It shreds the pretense of this fabricated playground of a world we choose to inhabit instead of paying attention to the beauty of the real world we’re destroying while building our playground.

Those with really quick eyes will notice the 2 second flash in one of the montages of a Jean-Michel Basquiat early on in the film. The film maker was well aware that the art market is a tulip bubble due to his clever insertions of the early 80s mania–the soulless yuppie phenomena that still defines us today. Bright, shiny, plastic and always all-new decay.


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