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Camille Paglia Takes On Academia


Camille Paglia Takes On Academia

The humanities have destroyed themselves over the past 30 years…Through an obsession with European jargon and a shallow politicization of discourse, the humanities have imploded…There’s hardly a campus you can name where the most exciting things that are happening on campus are coming from the humanities departments…I think the entire profession is in withdrawal at the moment. This is a national problem. It’s not just a Harvard problem.

Camille Paglia, in a conversation with Open Source, 2/27/06

The Koolhaas Kids Come of Age


I like the attitude expressed by Prince-Ramus about going back to "first principles":

"Don't give us predigested solutions. Tell us what it needs to do, and let us figure out how to build it." 

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Hiroshi Sugimoto Podcast from the Hirshorn Museum


Photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto discusses his work with Hirshorn Museum chief curator Kerry Brougher.

podcast (mp3)

Exhibition website 

Control Culture vs. Connecting Culture



Philip Slater

Political analysts have been impressed lately by the polarization of the American public between "reds" and "blues". Eighty percent of our population has declared itself impervious to persuasion. Why has this happened? Why have political positions hardened while the pragmatic center has shrunk?

While the media speak of the new importance of 'moral values', as if this were some recent fashion trend that had just burst upon the scene, this 'red/blue' division is rooted in major historical changes--changes that are welcomed by half of our nation, appalling to the other half. Furthermore, this division is not simply an American phenomenon, but a global one, rooted in the most revolutionary cultural shift in the history of our species.

Consider these seemingly unrelated events:

 In 1996 business writer E. E. Lawler found that 80% of all the companies he studied had some form of participatory management.

 In 1996, for the first time, there were more visits by Americans to alternative practitioners than to traditional Western physicians.

 In 2001 scientists began to consider the possibility that the "laws" of nature might not be immutable.

 In 2002 lawyers argued that chimpanzees should be accorded legal status as persons.

 In 2004, for the first time, more women than men applied to medical school, while women made up a majority of first-year law students and outnumbered male college students 56% to 44%.

 In 2004, gay marriages became legal in Massachusetts.

 All of these events would have been inconceivable fifty years ago. During this time we've seen social change taking place at a rate unprecedented in the history of the planet. And while many of the changes have had widespread popular support, they have also--especially when combined with the unrelenting pace of technological innovation--stressed our adaptive capacities. We've not only had to adjust to computers and email and cell phones, but also to the changing roles of women and minorities, the "sexual revolution", the decline of the nuclear family, the growth of the global economy, the ecological movement, and so on.

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THE THING Special Committee Results


Walter Robinson
Artnet Magazine 

Dear Walter,

THE THING Special Committee on Politically Correct Art Writing (TTSCPCAW) held an all-night emergency session to consider whether your writer, one Charles Finch, is sexist and should have his laptop taken away, his fingers broken and his metrocard revoked.

You'll be happy to know the Committee unanimously concurred that Mr. Finch's writing is NOT sexist and he may keep his laptop, his fingers intact and his metrocard (which only has $1.98 on it BTW).

Dead Flowers for Charlie

The art blogosphere is up-in-arms over Artnet Magazine writer Charlie Finch's supposed sexism. That news is so old and tired  the only way it could be the least bit interesting is if it was old Charlie himself posing as Anonymous Female Artist (A.K.A. Militant Art Bitch). More interesting to me is why this particular kind of old school feminist discourse is being promoted so heavily at this particular moment. Oh, right, it gives Roberta and Jerry a platform to preach to the flock (and rake in the thithes).
For those in New York City who would like to put in their two bits on the topic the LMCC gallery on the second floor on Maiden Lane is giving you an opportunity: 

Speed Limit
Redhead Project Space, 125 Maiden Lane, Second Floor
New York, NY
February 24-May 26
Public Event: April 4
Closing Reception: May 26

Redhead Project Space invites you to participate in an experiment: A History of Women’s Art. What constitutes a history of women’s art?  Who can write that history? Speed Limit is an experiment attempting to arrive at an open, participatory, physical history of women’s art. On February 24, the gallery will be open and empty and ready for your contributions.  What can you contribute?  Works of art, artifacts, texts, etc. that you believe could contribute to a history of women’s art.    The more difficult question of what could constitute a history of women’s art is up to you. Everyone is welcome to contribute. For Rules and Regulation and a more complete description of Speed Limit, visit



Howard Stern Reviews "Brokeback Mountain"


Via the fanatic dedicated Howard Stern fan site: 


Howard Stern is always full of surprises while at the same time is always predictable:

Howard Reviews Brokeback Mountain. 02/07/06. 6:50am

He Found Me On Craigslist

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This is what happens if you leave THE THING, we send "Dino" after you. --murph


Brian Boucher, with a mug shot of Dino Loren Smith, in the West 186th Street building where they shared a one-bedroom apartment. (Photo: Christopher Anderson)

Seeking roommate for one-bedroom in Washington Heights. It’s a bit small for two but I have to catch up on some bills. Two friendly cats, but we keep clean because I’m a little allergic myself. A little more than half of the $950 rent gets you the privacy of the bedroom.

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