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This morning, while dealing with a brand-new washing machine spewing out soapy water all over the garage floor, I’ve come across a number of articles bemoaning the death of culture.
The first one was at American Digest’s Sidelines,
Our culture has continued to slide giggling into the pit.
It is now thirty years since you last heard anyone hum a tune from a current popular song.
Concerts of serious music rarely include anything less than half a century old. Very few of us could name a living painter or architect. Entire years pass when no American outside the academy spontaneously quotes a line of verse written by any American poet younger than Elizabeth Bishop (b. 1911), or a British poet younger than Philip Larkin (b. 1922). The middlebrow novel is slipping into extinction. Movies are an extension of the comic-book industry; only TV drama shows occasional flashes of brilliance. The churches are branch offices of Globalist Multiculturalism, Inc.: the Episcopal church in my sleepy, 360-year-old Long Island town advertises Misa en Español. A Report from the Conservative Movement’s Dustbin – The Unz Review
Inclined as I am towards ancient music, non-fiction books, and not going to church, the moaning about “It is now thirty years since you last heard anyone hum a tune from a current popular song” tells me that the person who wrote that doesn’t have young children incessantly playing the brainworm-inducing Happy and Let It Go. Never mind that up until a couple of years ago the only living painter most people could name was Thomas Kincaid, the Leonardo of QVC.
The second is Joshua Cohen’s review, Mario Vargas Llosa’s ‘Notes on the Death of Culture’. Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society is Vargas Llosa’s latest book, where he bemoans “our” lack of common culture, deploring “The Civilization of the Spectacle,” an essay I read while my mom was looking at Vargas Llosa himself on the cover of ¡Hola!. Don Mario was having lunch with his latest mistress, Julio Iglesias’s first wife, and pop! the paparazzi caught the spectacle.
The third was this beaut from Boer Deng at the WaPo, Ballet is more diverse than ever. Why is the audience still so white?
Changes to American ballet go beyond Misty Copeland. Ms Deng is uniquely ignorant of the several principal dancers of Spanish and South American ancestry at the NYCB & the ABT over the decades, and insultingly ignorant of this.
Yes, there is a coarsening of society in general. If you, my gentle reader, are bothered by it, don’t sponsor and don’t frequent those engaged in what bothers you. Continue to engage and support that art which feeds your soul, and bring a friend or two when you do. (While you are at it, you may buy Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society through my Amazon links.)
As for the rest, I agree with Joshua Cohen when he says, “Culture is how we pass the time between hypocrisies.”
Blogging on Latin America shall resume shortly.
Linked to by American Digest. Thank you!
at Lanxess Arena
Joe Cocker – vocals
Nick Milo – keyboards
Jack Bruno – drums
Gene Black – guitar
Oneida James-Rebeccu – bass
Herman Jackson – Hammond B3
Norberto Fimpel – sax, percussion
Nichelle Tillman, Laura Jane Jones – background vocals
At the Salon Canning Misterio Tango Festival 2014
Copello FB page
Savall brings to life the Medieval music repertoire.
I can hear Vin Diesel speaking in Portuguese.
O Doutrinador is the creation of Rio native Luciano Cunha, who started the strip on line
The Indoctrinator appears to personify, in an extreme way, the indignation many Brazilians hold against the political class in their country, their bad feelings about government, and the protests “against everything” that has sprouted up over the past few years.
But Cunha’s fans are just not typical comic-book readers. He believes people read his creation not because of the artwork but because of the message the main character tries to get across: that “some sort of justice” will be handed down against corrupt public officials.
Cunha isn’t able to make a living from O Doutrinador. Any agents out there? I want to see him at Comicon, and getting bids on movie rights!
Apparently the city of Buenos Aires has solved all its problems and is now closing tango venues lacking fire sprinkler systems:
El gobierno porteño clausuró una de las milongas más famosas del mundo
La milonga conocida como Sunderland, y que ahora lleva el nombre de Malena, no pudo abrir sus puertas como lo hace desde principios del siglo pasado debido a una disposición del gobierno de Mauricio Macri. [My translation:] Buenos Aires’s government shut down one of the world’s most famous milongas
The Sunderland milonga, now named Malena, could not open its doors as it had for nearly a century due to Mauricio Macri’s government ruling. The restaurant and bar operations are not closed.
The venue also hosts basketball, soccer, rollerskating and martial arts activities. They won’t be able to resume until the fire sprinkler system is fully operative.
Last month the city also shut down the Sin Rumbo milonga.
I was at Sunderland on a Saturday night, where hundreds of older local couples dressed up to dance great tango. Here are Flaco Dany and Silvina showing how it’s done: