Month: April 2018

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 so Wagner is liberated from the mystification of great art. … Read More 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 different kinds of information. I think that we need both, … Read More 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 wandering through a music store in St. Petersburg, Russia. Hungry … Read More The Hero Within

Pass it on

It was not a story to pass on… So in the end, they forgot her too. Remembering seemed unwise… It was not a story to pass on… So they forgot her…They can touch it if they like, but don’t because they know things will never be the same if they do… This is not a story to pass on. -Toni Morrison, Beloved   I … Read More Pass it on