04w28:1 Jane Jacobs & Robert Hughes

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Good Reads Mailing List | 2004 week 28 number 1 (Jane Jacobs & Robert Hughes)
Thanks to Pete Dako, I think I’ve now got the RSS feed on the homepage working correctly. In addition, I think my webpage was drunk, given that the design was all wonky there back and forth for a bit. What can I say, it’s been that kind of month. The new RSS url, which should work in all newsreaders, is http://feeds.feedburner.com/goodreads/oGln . For those of you currently subscribed to the feed, I would suggest resubscribing.
In addition, sending out these regular got a little spotty last month since it’s now summer and all. Who wants to sit in front of computer reading? So, I imagine that it might remain a little spotty over the next couple of months and I’m sure none of us will mind. – Timothy


War? Terrorists? No, Here’s What’s Really Scary | Clifford Krauss
“In reaching her gloomy conclusions, Ms. Jacobs barely skims over such possibilities of calamity as terrorism, nuclear war and environmental degradation. Rather, she calls those mere symptoms of what she views as more fundamental, less obvious ailments: the breakdown of the family, the decline of higher education, lapses of modern science, tax systems that do not distribute money fairly and the inadequate self-regulation of professions. These, for her, are signs that the very pillars that support society are rotting. She says it is natural for societies to ‘make mistakes and get off balance,’ but then they correct themselves. ‘What seems different about this situation is the stabilizers themselves are in trouble,’ she said one recent afternoon. ‘If the stabilizers go, what do we depend on?’ “

That’s showbusiness | Robert Hughes
“Too much has happened in art. Not all of that ‘too much’, admittedly, is compelling or even interesting, but the ground is choked with events that defy brief, coherent summary. […] Most of the ‘1980s artists’ over whom such a fuss was made have turned out to be merely rhetorical, or inept, or otherwise fallen by the wayside. […] Styles come and go, movements briefly coalesce (or fail to, more likely), but there has been one huge and dominant reality overshadowing Anglo-Euro-American art in the past 25 years, and The Shock of the New came out too early to take account of its full effects. This is the growing and tyrannous power of the market itself, which has its ups and downs but has so hugely distorted nearly everyone’s relationship with aesthetics. […] The art world is now so swollen with currency and the vanity of inflated reputation that it is taking on some of the less creditable aspects of showbiz. […] Showbiz controls journalism by controlling access. The art world hopes to do the same, though on a more piddly level. No other domain of culture would try this one on. “

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