More Gems

May 24, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, Ulalume |

Further samples of Art’s decline…or, “Political and social activism as a mediating tool in a cultural context…”    

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Philip Roth (1933-2018)

May 23, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Fiction, WRITING & LITERATURE |

Life, at least in his books, was a grim farce. Everything in life was stupid, wrong, meaningless. Even his writing was a deliberately destructive, nihilistic act; preparing one piece, he thought of a critic, saying “I think, “How (s)he is going to hate this!” That can be just the encouragement I need.” We’ll leave to others the parlour game, played from time to time by the author himself, which of his characters he most resembles (though a case could be made, of late, for Mickey Sabbath: “You have the body of an old man, the life of an old man,…

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American Pharaoh

The Mayor at the opening of the Lake Front Festival, 1973, showing his sartorial flair

Mayor Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation (by Adam Cohen & Elizabeth Taylor) (2000) What other book to buy in the south side of Chicago? TVC was only a few blocks from Bridgeport, where Richard J Daley lived and died, with his wife of five or so decades and 7 children, bog Irish and loyal to their neighbourhood to an insane degree, so loyal that they looked down on Irish families that moved to the suburbs, the ones so pretentious that they “had fruit in the house when nobody was sick,”  Having selected this and one other book, TVC…

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Organ Farm

May 20, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg Tigers v Adelaide Crows, Glenelg Oval, May 19, 2018 The Adelaide Crows and the AFL in general, continue to show its contempt for the SANFL and true SANFL teams. The Adelaide reserves team has some fine players, and several of them have been mined for the AFL brand, thereby denuding the team at SANFL level. They are the Crows’ “Organ Farm.”  But it is hard to avoid the thought that they don’t give a damn about the competition at this level, which is why they’re now regarded as ‘The Bye’.  The struggling Bays took the latest advantage of this…

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Dollars for Dali

May 16, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, Ulalume |

The Varnished Culture’s offices have its share of Dalí fans, certainly.  Yet we doubt that Trilogy of the desert: Mirage (1946) is one of his best pieces.  Still, Dalí is Dalí. In the wake of the artist’s 114th birthday on 11 May, the NGV has launched a crowd-funding campaign to acquire the piece, which might be a first for a major Australian gallery (we suppose that the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, has, like all socialists, finally run out of other peoples’ money).  Here’s their pitch: “The National Gallery of Victoria has an extraordinary opportunity to become the first public collection in Australia…

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