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A Few of My Favorite Things

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I like Zak Smith art , I like K’naan Albums , I like Kings so much so, of course, it got cancelled, I like Summer Glau and Firefly and Terminator, but they suffered the same fate as Kings.

I like DMZ and Reza Aslan books

, I like John Cameron Mitchell Movies and Chess With Friends .

I like Ezra Klein , and Rachel Maddow but she’s a little too smug. I like Avital Ronnell  and  Slavoj Zizek .

Sean Lennon, What Are You Doing?

In Don Dissociate on September 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm

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Stumbled upon this article today. Here Sean Lennon and photographer Terry Richardson imitate a famous photo (by Annie Leibovitz, if the nakedness and Rolling Stone logo aren’t clue enough). Naturally, I read the comments posted by the site’s visitors before bothering to form my own opinion about the photo, Lennon, or recreations of classic icons in general (I still cringe at modern VW Bugs). Naturally, I say, because I’m surfing the internet and can’t be much bothered by original thought.

What interests me about the reaction of fellow surfers is their tendency to jump to conclusions when alternatives are just as available. The most common critique of the photo is that it misses the point of the original.

User Plaid Lemur says:

They missed what was beautiful about the first photo. John is nearly fetal, showing a complete trust and devotion to Yoko. One of the truly beautiful things about it is that it’s John who’s naked and vulnerable, whereas Yoko is clothed—a reversal of the societal norm then and now. The second photo is nothing more than the male taking his normative role along with the female, neglecting the slightly jarring contrast to what’s expected in male/female relationships.

A fair cop, but aren’t Plaid and the other commenters missing something, too? Regardless of the fact that this new photo is a re-imagining of the the Lebowitz shot, it is still a new photo. Similarly, Sean Lennon may be his father’s son, but he is also his own artist. Should the question asked be “how well does the new photo encapsulate the first?” Should we not instead ask “what does the new photo say that the first does not?” Sean Lennon is not naked, he is not fetal, he is well dressed and in a dominant pose. His partner is his girlfriend, but the aesthetics of her pose bespeak a model’s professionalism, not a lover’s intimacy. Her contribution is superficial. Her personality is irrelevant. To me this photograph speaks not only the differences between John and Sean, but to the cynicism of the world today compared to the world as John imagined.

To me this photograph says “this is what you get.”

That said, it’s rather dull isn’t it?

Welcome Back!

In Don Dissociate on August 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Fall is here. We are back and so are you. Class was bound to happen. As we are all gradually scaling down our drinking habits to loosely accommodate our new schedules, allow me to share with you some gems from opening week to let you get a taste of the new semester.

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“We are in love with what we think. We have to be, otherwise how could we put one foot in front of the other?”

Student: “Is this ‘a’ (a variable in a schema of existential philosophy) the same as that ‘a’? Are they equal?”
Teacher: “Yes. Well, no. It’s hard to say. Things are always changing meanings.”

(After 35 minutes of lecture)
“Do we have to know all this?
Teacher: “Oh, no! You don’t have to know any of this.”

This was all from one class on one day. By the way, English 4060 is hard.

Real content coming soon…