The Baby and the Bath Water

The reality of Wagner’s ugly political views means he can no longer be idealized…The necessary ambivalence of Wagnerism today can play a constructive role: it can teach us to be generally more honest about the role that art plays in the world…We cannot forget how art unfolds in time and unravels in history. And soContinue reading “The Baby and the Bath Water”

Get Woke

  Both sorts of narratives—historical narratives and fiction narratives—have certain kinds of advantages. One advantage that fictional narratives have is their ability to mimic or create a wonderful, accurate, if not realistic view of a person’s interiority…That’s not necessarily the interest or the claim of most historical texts. They are trying to give us differentContinue reading “Get Woke”

The Hero Within

  Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the grater social ego. Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process. -Lauryn Hill   I discovered Lauryn Hill in 1998 as a newlywed wanderingContinue reading “The Hero Within”