Friday, October 14, 2016

And you're not going to forget this, are you

         I can't believe
         that I am saying
         that a candidate
         for President of
         the United States
         has bragged about
         sexually assault-
         ing women.

Michelle Obama
New Hampshire
October 13, 2016

Tim Egan
The New York Times
  Burning Down the
October 14, 2016

Xavier Serrano

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Yes, we do

    gaze upon the
    chimes of freedom flashing


         they're selling


The red and the black

Back in January, it was
dawning on us that we
were being given a can-
didate for office who
was having trouble ex-
pressing any interest
in it, apart from add-
ing it to a collection.

   To this day we ponder: is
   it for her head she wants
   to be known, or for being
   at the center of our gaze?

At long last her cam-
paign has settled upon
the mission of furnish-
ing a conclusion, to a
career in favor of fair-
ness to families and
children - exceedingly
commendable objectives
if ever there were any.

Yet not page-turning,
as regards the office
being sought, which is
expected to rise to o-
ther demands. How lit-
tle this mission can
capture the initiative
in the contest under
weigh, we see in the
dilettante late-night
antics of a mountebank,
free to dabble in the
principal challenges of
our time with flippant
idiocy, yes, but undeni-
able intrusiveness.

They say, a frozen time-
piece is accurate twice
a day; but they forget,
the globe is made up of
many time zones. Even a
staggering nitwit, offer-
ing any sort of motive, 
enjoys dozens of chances
a day, to re-set the nar-
rative of leadership. 

It could be said, hers
was the disadvantage of
Hubert Humphrey, justify-
ing an incumbent, which 
led to that acrid polar-
isation and descent in-
to caustic casuistry for
which we honor the mem-
ory of Richard Nixon. We
are sitting through the
interminable rotation of
the globe, pleading for
the ball to land on the
red, for all the direc-
tion it is given by the
most qualified apprentice
of a fitful energy system.

Mark Rothko
Black on Maroon
Commission for 375 Park Avenue
Gift of the artist to the Tate Gallery

Marco van Rijt
Roberto Sipos

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Origins of Wednesday xl: Narcissus' new pool

   I'm as willing as
   the next guy to
   tease Donald Trump
   for self-absorp-
   tion. But you can't
   up-end a democracy
   without a willing
   demos, and an agora
   where they gather
   by conditioning.

   The glossy screen
   is ostensibly the
   stage of a social
   medium. I wonder.

   At best.

 ii, iii  m-ban

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

American endgame

   A gathering irony of the locker room
   discovered by Donald Trump is that a
   misadventure in sexual conduct seems
   scheduled to restore the Clintons to
   the White House. The infamous phrase,
   only in America, returns to that hu-
   mid sphere of furtive power plays we
   nurture as the abbatoire of this de-
   mocracy, with a fundamentalist pruri-
   ence and capitalist concupiscence un-
   like that of any other Western socie-
   ty. The smear of 2016 is a precipit-
   ate from the hold of our slave ships,
   our counting houses and our choirs -
   every spring we repudiate, draws us.

   Now this is good news. You don't get
   condensation without air.

La Soule