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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Sad(e) Mistake

Academic C. Paglia tells readers of Sexual Personae, a revelatory book in multiple ways, that Sade "must" be encountered. Yes, by all means, especially by individuals who enjoy reading about characters eating copious servings of human excrement, in more than one instance directly from the source.

"Must" be encountered?

Regret that in a moment of idle curiosity I succumbed to this misdirection.

When Whitman said nothing human was alien to him, he may have overlooked something.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Clothes Make the Man

Joyce, if you haven't heard, 😊, was highly allusive (Beckett’s early character Murphy being “one of the elect who require everything to remind them of something”), so, to maintain his integrity, to keep from suffocating with Joyce’s bathrobe over his head, it would appear Beckett decided to become, with a passion, not to say fanaticism, non-allusive, to adopt feigned ignorance as his strong suit, face in the mud and tasting it, before and after Ping, as he indicates, or seems to indicate, in Krapp’s Last Tape.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Art & Negativity

When O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra opened in New York in 1931 to critical and popular raves, ultimately delivering the highest acclaim of his career, one reviewer was not delighted:

"The dead, the dying, the insane, the abnormal, filled the stage before us. To a cheery start-off of two murders, [O'Neill] added two suicides and tossed in a heavy seasoning of vengeance, insanity, adultery and incest."