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Poetic Thinking 2016 | January 26, 2020

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On Beauty

February 3, 2016 | 2

The Yamamura film that Andrew shared, along with Richter’s work, along with the entire scope of this class has made me wonder about beauty. I think I used to believe that art’s main purpose was to be beautiful. So easy … Read More

Photographs Thinking Through Storr and Richter in the 19th century

February 1, 2016 | 1

Wilsey, Hospitals, photographs and Cushing – history, memory and fragmentations (some oblique thoughts that seem theoretically related to the projects of Storr and Richter)

Throughout the past year, I have been thinking through a number of 19th century photographs of … Read More

Heidegger –> Stevens

January 21, 2016 | 3

Apropos of Heidegger’s claim that art is the origin of the (“meaninged”) universe in which we operate, the following by Wallace Stevens (Anecdote of the Jar):

I placed a jar in Tennessee, And round it was, upon a hill. It … Read More

When did living become such an inconvenience…

January 13, 2016 |

…that wine and food and love were necessary to “ply oneself” from any dismal “reality” that either a wise person or a fool would construct? When Qohelet despairs that “A dead fly makes the perfumer’s oil chalice stink,” am I … Read More

herding the wind: hopefulness and futility in ecclesiastes

January 13, 2016 |

Leonard Bernstein’s score for the 1961 film West Side Story (originally written for an earlier stage production), specifically Tony and Maria’s duet “One Hand, One Heart,” came to mind while reading Ecclesiastes. For those who haven’t seen the film, Tony and Maria are … Read More

Welcome to Poetic Thinking

October 13, 2015 |

Welcome to the course “Poetic Thinking Across Media.” This course will examine the human aptitude to approach life and the worlds we inhabit poetically, that is in manners of writing, speaking, and artistic creation that are not governed by systematic reasoning. … Read More