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Remembering Carmella

A year ago I was informed of the loss of my friend Carmella: “we spoke of was and when” . . . and then she was gone. Here is the only obituary I could find. For a little glimpse into the wild rock ‘n roll world that Carmella inhabited in the glory days of Boz’ career see…

The Catholic Pagan: 10 Questions for Camille Paglia

Always refreshing to hear CP’s provocations  I have very little contact with American academics, who are pitifully trapped in a sterile career system that has become paralyzed by political correctness. I do not subscribe to the implicitly moralistic assumption that literature or art “teaches” us anything. Medieval theology is far more complex and challenging than anything offered…

Arts, Rhetoric, and Swing

Wynton Marsalis waxing philosophical about jazz. Despite the sour grapes one detects aimed at Wynton, he is without doubt the most naturally articulate spokesman for jazz and one of the most insightful thinker-practitioners within music generally – ask Simon Rattle or Eric Clapton. aestheticsand Swing: The Writings of Wynton MarsalisArtsJazzJazz at Lincoln CenterMoving to Higher GroundPhilosophyRhetoricWynton…

Cosmos and Taxis

I chanced upon this painting entitled “Cosmos and Taxis“. The inspiration is, of course, as the artist states: One effect of our habitually identifying order with a made order or taxis is indeed that we tend to ascribe to all order certain properties which deliberate arrangements regularly, and with respect to some of these properties…