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Art theory and criticism from a Christian aesthetician
Created 24 Jun 2021
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  • Tenet (Christopher Nolan, 2020)
    11 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 2
    The best way to approach most Nolan movies is, in my opinion, to think of them as summer-popcorn fare. The plots are so convoluted that I can’t track with them at all, so I stop trying and just go wit...
  • Welcome (back) to Hell
    04 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 2
    Kate Wagner—legendarily cranky champion of the pure, the sensible, the stylistically consistent and appropriate; possessor of a wit most ferocious, and a disdain most withering; hater of all things po...
  • Striving For a Dubious Immortality
    27 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Lazslo Toth being dragged away from the Pietà after smashing parts of it with a hammer while claiming to be Jesus Christ. Yes, this really happened. This problem in applied curatorial theory, based on...
  • The Inverted World (Christopher Priest, 1974)
    20 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 0 2
    WARNING: I am totally going to give away vital points of the plot of this novel. I don’t expect everyone to want to read it, but it is very, very good, and has an extremely interesting application to ...
  • Empathy at the Bemis: a Gallery Review
    17 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Christine Sun Kim, Listen hear Listen (2017), on view at the Bemis until the end of this weekend. I went to see the current exhibit at Omaha’s Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts. The show is called Al...
  • Postmodern musical salads, part II
    13 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    In my last post I talked about sample-based music—from difficult-to-categorize sonic collages like John Oswald’s Plexure to mashups made for laughs like Neil Cicierega’s “ACVC”. I described how some o...
  • Postmodern Musical Salads, Part I
    06 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    A mashup artist, working in her studio. Mashups! Is there any sillier genre of music? Take two songs, crash them into each other, listen to what happens, and giggle or groan at the results—sounds like...
  • Who Is The Boss—The Piper, or The One Who Paid?
    30 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    So, whose fans are being serviced here?? Ryan Broderick’s excellent newsletter Garbage Day (one of my favorite sources for real-time critical exegesis of what’s happening on the internet) recently pub...
  • The Prophets Have Quit Their Job
    23 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 2 2
    Artists do not make art simply because they are bored, or because they want money, fame, etc. True, there are some artists who get distracted by worldly success. But most artists engage in creative ac...
  • Recommendations: ambient albums
    20 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 0 3
    What makes a good ambient album? I think the most essential quality is space—in both a temporal and dimensional sense. My favorite ambient records are the ones which sparse, transparent arrangements, ...
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