It’s amazing how much Sarah Nicole Prickett’s glam-radical bullshit hinges on equating female sexuality with the desire to be sexually desired. In SNP world being sex-crazed makes you go become a stripper, not go patronize a strip-club; it makes you go be a prostitute, not go call a prostitute; it makes you model nude, not masturbate to someone’s picture… I mean, sexual narcissism is a major part of lots of people’s lives and it deserves an aesthetic and political defense, but in the SNP world it’s intensity of sexual narcissism, not intensity of wanting someone sexually or wanting everybody sexually or wanting to have sex, that makes a woman sexual or prudish.
The reason that I love Wes Anderson’s first four films is his once amazing talent for the interaction between way-of-being and Aristotelian action as constituents of character. It’s so rare that a character’s vibe and a character’s narrative choices mutually illuminate the way they did for every character – he was the best since Chekhov.
n+1 ran out of things to write editorials against and now each issue has an editorial against an aspect of n+1’s old ‘against x’ editorials?
What’s the relation between irony* and cuteness? Why is there a whole aesthetic category — ‘twee’ — that means ‘cute+ironic’? Is it cause the alchemy of fusing opposite affects — if cuteness stands for innocence and irony for knowingness — is neat enough to mark a genre, like the Gothic is the fusion of the beautiful and hideous? Or is it cause relating to something as cute is in itself a stance of both immersion and superiority toward the thing, so to be cute in one’s own eyes entails an irony-relation to oneself? Or cause weak irony, the kind amounting to admission of contingency but without pushing further**, is akin to cuteness in employing vulnerability as self-defense?
*I’m talking irony as distance here, not irony as actually-I-mean-the-opposite.
**The contrast class is irony pushing for sublation, so Hegel-strong-irony, or irony pushing for diffusion into the field of possibilities, so Schlegel-strong-irony, or irony pushing for having a comeback for everything, so Fichte-strong-irony.
Computational aesthetics, back by request:
It’s barely represented in TV and film that couples spend most of their private time talking weird gibberish.
Ten years ago my taste — like, only liking things that have this alienated German-Romantic frigidness to them, in a Schlegel irony sense but more importantly a Schiller pathos sense where frigidness necessitates an emotional earthquake to constitute itself as a sublation of — was considered *so* masculinist, if arguably queer. Now it’s kind of the defining feminine aesthetic of the moment, with Gaga and Lana Del Rey and Lorde. (Previously seen in 2003-2006 hip hop, between when Jay-Z finished teaching everyone how to do it and when Jay-Z forgot how to do it.)
As one of, I swear, probably a dozen people who know both the utilitarian-rationalist scene and the privilege-checking scene up close, I’m pretty sure there is a structural phenomenon where discourses initially marked by an increased attention to neglected (deliberative or explanatory) factor x turn into discourses where the idea of non-x-based reasons (whether explanatory or deliberative) is crossed off as false consciousness.
I found out that this writer that I’m friendly with created Lemongrab and now it seems so ontologically terrifying that a person’s mind can burrow into other people’s minds and, like, lay eggs. I mean it’s specifically terrifying with surrealist stuff where the art object doesn’t feel like an idea that’s separable from the mind that generated it but like a DNA sample.
Annie from Community is so important. The contemporaneous out of control will-to-power and out of control hyper-retro-femininity is what’s going down with half of the most-close-to-genius people that I ever met.
I hate emotions because they obscure the mood that makes them possible. I’m not kidding here. These are actual things I care about in life.
Some Spectrums of Taste in Modernism, My Side on the Right
Organic to Histrionic
Descriptive to Deliberative
Speculative to Ironic
Feelings to Mood
Apollonian-on-Dionysian-on-Appllonian-on-Dionysian to Dionysian-on-Apollonian-on-Dionysian-on-Apollonian
Rich to Deep
Living to Eschatological
Dialogic to Does-The-Police-in-Different-Voices
Saintly to Mephistophelian
Complex to Weird