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Sidney Finkelstein vs Marshall McLuhan

Out of the mothballs: Sense and Nonsense of McLuhan by Sidney Finkelstein: Contents Chapter 4: “The Medium and the Deceptive Message” (extract) Chapter 6: “Hot, Cool and the Brainless Involvement” (extracts) Chapter 7: McLuhan’s Totalitarianism and Human Resilience This is ancient history, and quaint from the vantage point of today’s high tech media saturated environment. But the […]

Time travel lore (5): ‘Victory Over the Sun’

Victory Over the Sun (1913) is a notorious specimen of Russian Futurism, a multimedia avant-garde opera that makes practically no sense. Wikipedia provides the basic information: “The libretto written in zaum language was contributed by Aleksei Kruchonykh, the music was written by Mikhail Matyushin, the prologue was added by Velimir Khlebnikov, and the stage designer […]

Tribute to Ritchie Havens

SPIRIT-WORK ON PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE I return sun-burned from a long afternoon out on Pennsylvania Avenue between the National Archives and Freedom Plaza, digging WorldFest. I arrived at Pennsylvania and 9th NW after 2 pm, after Ritchie Havens had already begun his performance, and then I got the spirit. Ritchie was balding and somewhat gray, but […]

John Coltrane on the edge of the culture industry

Written June 4, 2011 at 9:00 am Thinking about how Coltrane is poised on the very edge of acceptability & could fall on either side of it. Pre-1965 Coltrane, of course, since his last phase is too threatening to the mainstream to be assimilable. Wynton Marsalis could not deny Coltrane as he denies everything following […]