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But is it Art: II

§: expression

The more words I use to paint an idea, the less that painting resembles the idea.

Impressionism can leave itself open to more and erroneous interpretations, this is merely unfortunate. But there are too many times that the abstract simply cannot be expressed with realism. This is a tragedy.


Pills – blech! Give me the paraphernalia; give me the rituals.

Models: premod & postmod

ecclesial – devotion – monastic – healthcare – given as love


love/sex – domesticity –corporate/state – healthcare – demanded as rights

This is Granville...doors open on the left at Granville...

...well, actually this is the viaduct between Granville and Loyola on the Chicago red line. For all of your CTA needs and fascination:

Brideshead Revisited Revisited: II

§: it is only shades of gray between a sort of primitive savage and something absolutely modern and up-to-date.

You know Father Mowbray hit on the truth about Rex at once, that it took me a year of marriage to see. He simply wasn't all there. He wasn't a complete human being at all. He was a tiny bit of one, unnaturally developed; something in a bottle, an organ kept alive in a laboratory. I thought he was a sort of primitive savage but he was something absolutely modern and up-to-date that only this ghastly age could produce. A tiny, bit of a man pretending he was the whole.

— Lady Julia Flyte

But is it Art: I

§: a primer

Not quite a working definition, but Teachout pens a most helpful contribution to the conversation.

Art portrays truths using beauty:
hence good art is universal and good art is pleasing.

What is art if it lacks truth: a beautiful lie?
What is art if it lacks beauty: an unpleasant truth?
A beautiful lie or an unpleasant truth…this is the news…this is propaganda.


Brideshead Revisited Revisited: I

As if a young infatuation
an explosive seduction into the aesthetic
that nexus of senses and truth
can legitimately be used to cast the free-agent into an identity
an identity of inversion.

That is a time to find heroes
a time to find understanding.
Then we make our transition
and leave the pool where we loitered gazing at our reflection.