Against Popular Culture

There is so much meat to chew on in this essay discussing Adorno’s views on art and popular culture. What is the function of art? What is the danger of its commercialization? What is all this easy entertainment doing to us?

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Reading update

Finished “Percival Everett by Virgil Russell” by Percival Everett

Finished “The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake” by Breece D’J Pancake

Dipped into “The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Vol. 1” by Zebulon Montgomery Pike, just for fun

Concentrating on “The Poetics of Space” by Gaston Bachelard

Also reading “A Wave” by John Ashbery

And “When My Brother Was an Aztec” by Natalie Diaz

Eventually getting to the periodicals

And on deck is “Hopscotch” by Julio Cortazar

A Toast

Well raise another round boys and have another glass
be thankful for today knowing it will never last
still let’s leave the world laughing when our eulogies are read
may we all get to heaven before the devil knows we’re dead.

– Turnpike Troubadours, “Before the Devil Knows We’re Dead”


Y’all: if I have to watch the world burn, I want to watch it burn from New Orleans.