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Kitsch

September 03rd, 2014 by Vader

When the world no longer speaks meaningfully to us, we shout into the void and pretend the echoes come to us from on high.

–Thus Roger Kimball

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September 03rd, 2014 13:39:10

His Majesty is a notable patron of the arts

August 13th, 2014 by Vader

Although his tastes run towards highly abstract art. Symbolic art he tends to dismiss with a snort of disgust, rather as J.R.R. Tolkien was dismissive of literary allegory.

(And I can’t believe I just compared His Majesty to J.R.R. Tolkien. I feel like I need to go scrub my mouth out.)

This morning, over breakfast, he had this to say: “Rather rude of those German artists to preempt the Obama administration.”

It seems His Majesty is as contemptuous of symbolic politics as he is of symbolic art and allegorical literature. Which, come to think of it, sometimes seem like they’re all the same thing.

I don’t recall ever hearing him express an opinion on religious symbolism. He is not a believer, naturally, and I’m not sure I want to broach the topic.

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August 13th, 2014 09:19:37

“Art”

February 20th, 2014 by Inigo Montoya

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February 20th, 2014 11:59:06

My kind of sacred art

February 01st, 2014 by Vader

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February 01st, 2014 18:24:52

Defending the indefensible

January 28th, 2014 by Vader

This article names some of the rubes trying to do so. Unsurprisingly, many are from what passes for our artistic elite.

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January 28th, 2014 10:47:14

Humor

January 23rd, 2014 by Vader

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January 23rd, 2014 11:48:33

The Internet

November 23rd, 2013 by Vader

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November 23rd, 2013 17:02:37

Lord Vader’s hideous gargoyle mask

September 22nd, 2013 by Jeeves

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September 22nd, 2013 15:00:58

Free barium nitrate!

July 28th, 2013 by Vader

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July 28th, 2013 18:57:56

Every Poet Holds These Dogmas

May 14th, 2013 by G.

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May 14th, 2013 12:22:01

To the pure, all things are pure

October 02nd, 2012 by Vader

I still need a lot of purifying. judging from my double-take the first time this title came up on my Amazon recommendation list.

I tend to take the prudish side whenever the perennial debate on nudity in art gets going.

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October 02nd, 2012 11:01:02

Memory of the Li River, by Min Chaobin

September 07th, 2012 by G.

From the July 2012 issue of First Things. (more…)

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September 07th, 2012 07:05:30

Wodehouse otter.

April 30th, 2012 by Bookslinger

Wodehouse otter.
(From our friends at icanhascheezburger.com)

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April 30th, 2012 10:32:31

Scandalous artwork

April 10th, 2012 by Vader

Based on the reaction of the fashionistas to a crucifix in a jar of urine or an image of the Virgin Mary decorated with elephant dung and photographs of naked lady parts, one might naively conclude that art has lost all its power to shock. This would be a profoundly wrong conclusion.

Evidently Norman Rockwell still has power to cause horror and dismay in the artistic world. Which I suppose means the Church’s artistic offerings are a lot bolder than I thought.

His Majesty: “Given the teenage penchant for rebellion, this could actually increase interest in marriage. But probably not, given that marriage is much harder work than camping out in a business district and heckling rich people.”

 

 

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April 10th, 2012 13:24:53

And another one bites the dust.

February 11th, 2012 by Bookslinger

Billie Holiday, Judy GarlandJanis Joplin,  Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Margaux Hemingway*, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Whitney HoustonOh, how the mighty have fallen. Oh, ye fair ones!

(*I was going to list just singers, but I had a crush on Margaux. She was just a few years older than I, and I loved how she didn’t pluck her eyebrows.)


My name’s Bookslinger, and I’m an alcoholic.  (“Hi Bookslinger!”)   It’s been 10 years since I’ve had a drink…

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February 11th, 2012 19:24:38