“The American elite is almost beyond redemption… . Moral relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush—sophistry washed down with Chardonnay. The ordinary citizens, thank goodness, still adhere to absolutes… . It is they who have saved the republic from creeping degradation while their ‘betters’ were derelict.”—
The estimable Tragos signed off of Tumblr this weekend, much to the dismay of those of us who have benefitted from the wonder he brought to the web. Feel free to peruse his archives if you were not fortunate enough to make his acquaintance.
In the meantime I see that I’ve got a number of new followers whose blogs I’ll be perusing over the holidays. Welcome! If there’s anything you want or need, just let me know….
Over the years, we accumulate various prints around the studio - test prints, work prints, prints for shows, etc. I’ve had a big stack of 8x8 in. and 6x6 in. work prints hanging around the studio for several years. I’ve been meaning to do something with these fora long time . Give them away, throw…
I encourage all of you to take advantage of this offer. Christmas is coming early!
There is a certain silliness to that whole “person of the year” thing. But it’s kind of interesting to compare Mark Z. with Julian A. - one doing away with all our own secrets and being celebrated, the other one doing away with our government’s secrets and being in the dog house.
The one point that never changes for Avedon is that the moment of exposure is a social moment. It’s “not a picnic or a wedding” but an intense “unearned intimacy” in which the individuality of both photographer and sitter are engulfed in a visceral, “almost erotic”…
Franzen embodies the left-leaning mirror image of the Angry White Male of the ’90s, the archetypal conservative middle-class Middle American whose fury, stoked by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, burned in the face of affirmative action and political correctness.
His Doppelganger, the Frustrated White Male, is more sophisticated but no more enlightened about this country’s rich multiplicity of opinions, cultures and predilections. His frustrations are different - corporations, Tea Partyers, NASCAR fans - but the basic content is the same: an anger at Americans’ essential stupidity, whether those Americans are Democrats (Newt Gingrich’s target) or book reviewers (Franzen’s).
Preach it. Franzen is a lazy thinker and a flat-footed writer, and eventually the rest of the country will wake up to this. For a variety of reasons, readers (and writers) of color have gotten there first.