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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Labored discussion

There's never a bad time for a discussion of Michael Denning's book The Cultural Front. (Feel free to add your own Lemony Snicket-style examples of bad times to do this, but you get my drift.) Last night I was involved in trying to work out how New York-centred social democratic politics and culture made its way down to South Beach and manifested itself in art deco hotels.

Apparently, when Denning was at the Wolfsonian a few years ago he told his audience that the 'The Laboring of American Culture' was all around them. Apart from the gorgeous Treasury-funded post office mural in SoBe, the book group struggled to work out the exact mediations. However, I suspect that - like the holes in the fossil record exploited by televangelists here - just because we didn't find them, doesn't mean they're not there.

(A picture of said mural is at the bottom of this webpage.)

1 Comments:

Blogger ...He Works For The MAN!!! said...

Hi Graham, check out www.artrocker.com for info on the magazine.. By the way Lemony Snicket's... Was a beautifully shot (and cast) film but where was the script? Not many films from the last few years have actually induced sleep unto me, but this one did.

Take care,

-Reid.

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