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Interests: anarchism, puritanism, destruction of the existing putrid social order
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it's true! i'm in the wall street journal today. i think people have failed to see something pretty glaring about analyzing politics, or prosecuting it, primarily through demographic categories. namely, that the thing is incoherent. incoherent, i tell you. last... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at cheese it, the cops!
If you've read this blog over the years, you know of my love of Tammy Wynette. Here's a tribute in SpliceToday, on the occasion of the 50th birthday of "Stand By Your Man." It's anything but an anthem of female... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
little crispy tosses rotten fruit at godlike michelangelo. the post-physical economy and the rise of trump Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
oops here are my last few splice columns. today's tries to figure out how or why some words are 'bad.' (and why people are acting like little prisses about 'shithole.') social media, the mysterious force that explains all the new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at cheese it, the cops!
gifted: my country top ten for 2017. i've been doing this with occasinal gaps since 1982: a few years for the military mag off duty, for one. one thing about country music, i say, is that you can't be a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
this week for splice: the magic of words oops, last week: to redress the sex, we'd better try to address the power Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
My idea is that African-American or African diaspora culture in the West far exceeds its character as the negative image of white culture in the imaginary dualism; it is also autonomous, a creative response to oppression and way of being in the world, as in a thousand black artistic expressions from Louis to Marley, religious expressions like Nation of Islam or Rastafarianism, political thought and organizing from Marcus Garvey or Frederick Douglass, etc etc.
What Race Is By Crispin Sartwell Race was invented. Race was invented by the sort of people who came to regard themselves, after that invention, as white. The content of this invention was an application of the mind-body or soul-body... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
my splice column this week is a reminiscence and plea for whiteness studies, which had its heyday in the '90s. a few things by me on race: wigger! i speak for my people: a racial manifesto act like you know:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
for the wall street journal: the modern epic of denunciation. a couple of related pieces: the president of the united states of america: god, slave, scapegoat i need a comforter-in-chief Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
our children, and indeed ourselves, have been profoundly corrupted by the world's most insipid monsters. the muppets get why-they-sucked! Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
I thought that the paper Entanglements would be out in January, but it's out now on amazon as well as suny. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
splicetoday this week: the golden age of underground hip hop. it was a utopian era in some ways. in part it's what happens when you don't police racial borders in art; the playlist (which i really think rocks) is about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
it's true! i'm in the nytimes today, developing my brand-new theory of history. fuck! it's world-history on horseback. i wonder who you think are world history's greatest dumbfucks and fuckwads. perhaps i'll write a book. in a similar vein from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
me talking to dan kaufman about arthur danto's aesthetics, on dan's sophia show. The School of Arthur Danto Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
well, it's true, i have long held that, qua ack-toor, kevin spacey sucks. but yo he sucks indeed. his statement, also coming out as gay, seems almost designed as a devastating self-indictment. the first thing i want to say is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
in a bold counter to xi jinping thought, my splicetoday column this week is a tribute to the wonders of splittism. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
a little gallery of suiseki, the japanese art form in which unaltered stones represent or encapsulate mountains or landscapes. these are collected in my immediate area in adams county pa. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
splicetoday: the march of euphemism. the key to human liberation is to replace bad words with neutral-sounding words. then those words sound wrong, and we'll need new ones, forever. still, at least we'll all be free. okay, not to go... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
I'm a Quaker, which is sort of an opposite form of Protestant Christianity, but let's just say I've always felt to the pull of a more puritanical approach. Also I've been teaching Jonathan Edwards again. Here's my splicetoday column this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
for a week or two there i was a reporter, embedded in the monument wars (piece for citylab). there really is some great public art in philly right now; today might be a good one to check out monument lab... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
it won't surprise you that i, like you, am terribly in need of a comforter-in-chief. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
henry david thoreau, from "walking" (1862): I rejoice that horses and steers have to be broken before they can be made the slaves of men, and that men themselves have some wild oats still left to sow before they become... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
I started writing op-ed for the Nashville Banner (the afternoon daily, now defunct) in the early '90s when I was working at Vanderbilt. In the mid-to-late nineties I was more or less weekly for the Philadelphia Inquirer, probably 200 pieces,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!
as classical greece was the golden era of sculpture, the italian renaissance the golden era of painting, and 2016 the golden era of pharmaceutical advertising on television, this is the golden age of the written word. it's like living with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at cheese it, the cops!