Category Archives: Diatribes

The Bourgeoisie Rules / The End of Art

William Hogarth’s last graphic work, The End of the World, ridiculing academic allegorical paintings of the time. Completed in 1764, seven months before his death “All art is propaganda. It is universally and inescapably propaganda; sometimes unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda.” – … Continue reading

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Lovecraft: The Outsider and Others

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was … Continue reading

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The Painted Word

While packing up my books I unearthed my wife’s weathered edition of Tom Wolfe’s The Painted Word. When I was an undergraduate student Wolfe’s book was about the only writer describing what the New York School had developed into. Writers … Continue reading

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