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should I keep reading?

Postby cute hat » Sat Oct 13, 2007 10:58 am

According to Hegel, Romantic art corresponds to a historical period in which the contradiction between the universal and the subjective is made the subject matter of art. It is by means of a decomposition of art's elements that the artist, in a lyrical outburst, reunites himself with the universal, negating thereby the great negation, Death.

Those are the opening lines of a book I've had on my shelf, and just decided to pick up and read. So, fellow Forons, would you slog through this tome or not?
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Postby bluethedog » Sat Oct 13, 2007 11:41 am

I have no idea what any of that means so I would pitch it.

Contrast that with the last book I read which started out:

I sent one boy to the gaschamber at Huntsville. One and only one. My arrest and my testimony.


It was a page turner. I like simple writing I guess.
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Postby blunt » Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:21 pm

hot cap:
Interesting but seems pompous and overbearing---and a bit too strident for my taste.
I'm intrigued perhaps by the subject but I would look for another author's take.

azure canine:
I'm also intrigued by your snippet: what's it from, huh? Huh? Tell me!!
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Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:32 pm

blunt wrote:I'm also intrigued by your snippet: what's it from, huh? Huh? Tell me!!

Google is your friend.
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Postby blunt » Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:42 pm

Thanks, Mr. Vilas.
I know I could have googled and easily found it, but I was trying to hurdle the cold faceless digital desert and try to keep at least a close proximation of human interaction by engaging bluedog with the question.
But mostly I'm just lazy.
Oh: that's not the worst of it: I doscover the line is from my most hated author: Cormac McCarthy.
What a rich pageant life is!
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Postby cute hat » Sat Oct 13, 2007 1:50 pm

[quote="bluethedog"]I have no idea what any of that means so I would pitch it.

/quote]

And miss gems like this?
In the broader context of postwar abstractions, Reinhardt and Brach are part of a movement attempting to overcome the contradiction between figure and ground through homegeneity in space.


Okay, the book is toast.

If you're curious, it was Icons and Images of the Sixties, by Nicolas Calas and Elena Calas.

It's all making sense now that I look at the authors. Those two were meant for each other. Some sweet pillow talk there.
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