Category Archives: Cold War

The Cold War Never Ended IV

  So to recap: I started off by saying that the Cold War never ended and just let that hang there for a while. I went on to consider the situation that the Cold War introduced to human affairs—the pervading awareness of … Continue reading

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The Cold War Never Ended III

So last time I wrote another installment of my “Cold War Never Ended” series and tried to unravel something of the weird collective psychology surrounding the Cold War. Norman Mailer covered much of this ground in his 1957 essay The White Negro, which … Continue reading

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The Cold War Never Ended, II

OK, so what I was saying last time was that THE COLD WAR NEVER ENDED Actually, from one point of view, saying that the Cold War never ended is not so far from common sense. Putin’s Russia has been pursuing the … Continue reading

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The Cold War Never Ended I

*shuffles papers awkwardly after long and unexplained silence* *ahem* After he got shot with a pink laser beam from space, Philip K. Dick realized that time was an illusion created by some malign force to blind us and keep us in … Continue reading

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The Maestro-Industrial Complex

Re. my last post, on the general inadvisability of copping a superior attitude (or “topping it the nob,” as Jack Aubrey would put it), a few thoughts: 1. In the comments, Bob posted the following apt quote from Richard Taruskin, … Continue reading

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Ontogeny, dammit

I’m not going to lie: one of the reasons I wanted to start blogging again was to pimp my book. And for those just joining us, that book is Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture. And oh look, the “look … Continue reading

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the aesthetics of politics, part XXVIII

Phil Ford Deepest respect and gratitude to Jonathan for the beautiful memorials he posted to his father. Deep bows of regard to Samuel Irving Bellman, whom we did not know, but whom we would have liked to. A random cranky … Continue reading

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