Arts & Society

Wrestling With An Angel: Simone Weil and the “Destruction of I”

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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Simone Weil’s “hell” sounds like my concept of conformity: hell is an illusion of being–appearance, semiotics, that which conforms to a construct but without true obedience.

How Perfect Obedience Destroys: Reflections on Falstaff, the Beats, and others

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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No system can endure perfection.

Obedience Versus Conformity: Teaching and Goals

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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Conformists are the gate keepers of both the establishment and anti-establishment orders.

On the way of Arete and Xenia

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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Every warrior culture carries Arete and Xenia at its core. To lose contact with either and to seek no balance is the way of self destruction.

Core Values of the Redux Movement

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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This might be likened to a controlled burn.

Redux: A Manifesto

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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To be Redux is to believe in the mythos of return within the scope of the materials at hand.

Neighborhood post-industrial as opposed to professional aesthetics

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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Neighborhood aesthetics, especially in that industrial/post-industrial world, were very different.

Fostering the Perhaps

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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Error is the only reality we know, and the one thing we are least likely to forgive or admit.

Ponts vs. Points: A model for reading

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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I was sitting on the throne a few minutes ago, reading Hannah Arendt.

Teacher as Midwife

by Joe Weil Society
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You want to have an open sesame for every soul you encounter. You want something to open in them and for them, and when you are at your best, you don’t care if they ever say thank you.

Writing as Habit

by Carmiel Banasky Arts & Society
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I’d like you, for a moment, to think of writing not as a calling or gift or pipe dream, not even a profession or hobby. Instead, I’d like you to think of writing as a habit.

The Ecstatic Tragedy of Reality TV: Interview with Kate Durbin on E!

by Lisa A. Flowers Reviews & Interviews
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The echoes of her pain are still reverberating, like a mechanical baby doll, crying forever: a baby, our baby, who can never be soothed.

A Brief and Personal History of Jazz

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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No truly musical ear is ever pure. It steals freely and often, and this is where blues, jazz, and, later, rap comes into conflict with middle class ideas of property values.

#thethepoetics: Small Press Edition

by Micah Towery Society
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A few weeks ago, the miraculous Metta Sama(~), master of @thethepoetry, hosted a discussion under the Twitter hashtag #thethepoetics with editors from @aquariuspress, @dzancbooks, @notell, @yesyesbooks, and @WordWorksEditor, as well as a host of other poets.

At National Tool

by Joe Weil Society
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Ideas are never as important as appearances and narratives. The groove of the story can outlast any series of good ideas, and no idea stands a chance unless it can find a groove.

Chapbooks: A Short History of the Short Book

by Sam Riedel Arts & Society
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Scholars of Anglo-Saxon history and language contend that the prefix “chap-” is derived from the ancient word “ceap,” while others maintain it is merely a corruption of “cheap;” however, most attribute the word’s popularity to the chapman—European peddler, reporter, and rogue-of-all-trades from the 16th to at least the 18th century.

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