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The Artist’s Domain & Its Discontents: Remarks On “The Death Of The Author”

In 1967, French essayist and literary hypothesizer Roland G. Barthes¹ published The Death of the Author (La mort de l'auteur), which takes, as its central aim, the delegitimization of "the Author" (capitalization his) for the prioritization of "the reader," a point arrived at by Barthes' through his belief that textual signification reached a point of… Continue reading The Artist’s Domain & Its Discontents: Remarks On “The Death Of The Author”

Fiction Is Not (Intrinsically) A Lie

In 1923, Pablo Picasso, for The Arts: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine Covering All Phases of Ancient and Modern Art, said, "We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to… Continue reading Fiction Is Not (Intrinsically) A Lie

Roger Scruton & Aesthetics: Beauty & Utility

§00 In a July 29th episode of the New Culture Forum Peter Whittle engaged in a discussion with English philosopher, author and perpetual comb-eschewer, Sir Roger Scruton on the topic of beauty. It is a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion, covering everything from contemporary art to political censure. One recurring issue caught my attention, however, as deserving of… Continue reading Roger Scruton & Aesthetics: Beauty & Utility

Art & Ancestral Decision

§.00 Artistry is nothing without technicity, for the artist is nothing without his tools. Given that all tools are, at the first, conceptual, the ontological enterprise necessarily subtends both. Philosophy (as mental technicity) determines by way of an analysis of the haecceity of one's muse(s) and subjects(s), which thus determines the technical venue(s) by which… Continue reading Art & Ancestral Decision

NKTP Building Designs (1934)

§.00—The Comte de Buffon in his epigram Discours sur le style, declared, "Style is the man himself." Schopenhaur echoed the sentiment in The Art of Literature, wherein he wrote, "Style is the physiognomy of the mind." Which is to say: The philosophy of a designer is imbued in their constructions; whether a book or a building. Thus,… Continue reading NKTP Building Designs (1934)

The Twin Frontiers: The New Space Race & Abyssal Colonization

The New Space Race Since 1972, no human manned space mission has proceeded beyond near Earth orbit. Now, numerous countries, including but not limited to the US, China, Japan, India and Israel, seek to change that. However, the most prominent efforts promoting space colonization are not coming from governments, but from industrialists. September 27, Space-X… Continue reading The Twin Frontiers: The New Space Race & Abyssal Colonization