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December 1, 2017

Illusion makes us question what we perceive to be real, what we might otherwise uncritically accept in the world as given to us. The truth of art resides in its ability to illuminate our intricate and fragile relationship to the world, in all its manifest strangeness.

October 18, 2017

The end of the world has been on my mind lately. In the city where I live, Seattle, this summer saw dramatic differences in the climate; for weeks the air quality was worse than in Beijing. On one occasion ash rained down from the sky, covering windows, lawn chairs and...

October 10, 2017

Why would thinkers of a primarily analytic bent feel uncomfortable toward the idea of something on the order of what Adorno calls a magical residue or substrate in art, in music, in language? To what extent are they justified in dismissing this as m...

October 10, 2017

It doesn't look like Charles Bronson is playing the harmonica or, indeed, like any of the sounds in the opening scene from Once Upon a Time in the West are actually attached to their visual sources.But this is not for a lack of detail. Every sound is presented wit...

April 16, 2016

Why is desire so insatiable? Why shouldn't it suffice to hear the words "I love you" spoken as a mere statement of fact?

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