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With a new biography out and a recent documentary still making waves, it’s time to consider Gore Vidal’s legacy.

Vidal was fond of quoting Benjamin Franklin, who after the passage of the United States Constitution remarked “A republic; if you can keep it.” It is easy to criticize the military-industrial complex, self-serving politicians, religious bullies, and mediocre journalists more adept at propaganda than reportage, but Vidal showed true courage and despair when he wrote with the realization that the people are part of the problem. Unlike Chomsky and Zinn, and more like Buchanan and Kauffman, he lost confidence that the American people were just enough information away from wrestling the country out of the arms of the elite and reclaiming the Republic.

In one of his final essays from 2006, Vidal wrote that America had “entered the Dark Ages.” “What we are seeing,” he explained, “are the obvious characteristics of the West after the fall of Rome: the triumph of religion over reason; the atrophy of education and critical thinking; the integration of religion, the state, and the apparatus of torture—a troika that was for Voltaire the central horror of the pre-Enlightenment world; as well as, today, the political and economic marginalization of our culture.”

Source: The Great American Novelist Who Warned Us About Donald Trump, Fox News and the Rise of the Idiocracy | Alternet

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Pretty much anyone can be
a ‘rock star’ these days —
except actual rock stars,
who are encouraged to think
of themselves as brands.

via How ‘Rock Star’ Became a Business Buzzword – The New York Times.

via 145 PEN Writers (Thus Far) Have Objected to the Charlie Hebdo Award – Not Just 6 – The Intercept.

Dickipedia: Ted Nugent

Posted: April 17, 2015 in Art, Entertainment, Racism

Dickipedia: Ted Nugent.

While browsing my archive to review past posts, I came across this and thought It was worth reposting… Peter Guenther

Don't Worry, Be Happy

David Foster Wallace long ago warned about the cultural snark that now defines popular culture. It’s time to listen

David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture David Foster Wallace (Credit: Hachette Book Group)

Percy Shelley famously wrote that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” For Shelley, great art had the potential to make a new world through the depth of its vision and the properties of its creation. Today, Shelley would be laughed out of the room. Lazy cynicism has replaced thoughtful conviction as the mark of an educated worldview. Indeed, cynicism saturates popular culture, and it has afflicted contemporary art by way of postmodernism and irony. Perhaps no recent figure dealt with this problem more explicitly than David Foster Wallace. One of his central artistic projects remains a vital question for artists today: How does art progress from irony…

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Whether you’ve read the book, seen the movie, or are just trying to ignore it all, it’s impossible to deny that 50 Shades of Grey is everywhere. Sam Taylor-Johnson’s sexual thriller, based on the bestselling book by E. L. James, has made bondage mainstream, well sort of, much to the chagrin of both the BDSM community and the anti-porn community (see Sam Taylor-Johnson Premieres Fifty Shades of Grey Amid Anti-Porn Protests).

via 12 Artists Who Do BDSM Better Than 50 Shades of Grey (NSFW).

This Extraordinary Artwork Was Made In The World’s Second Largest Refugee Camp. You Couldn’t See It Until Now. | ThinkProgress.