Balthus’ Postmodernism

By Daniel Adler What if I told you I painted a picture of a 12-year-old girl showing her panties? Pretty perverse, you’d think. Maybe you’d reconsider our friendship, or more likely, reading this blog. But Balthus did just that. How did he get away with it? Better yet, how did he get his weird paintings… Continue reading Balthus’ Postmodernism

>Tazmanian Devilish vs. Hurricanal

> Sometimes in an attempt to express myself I invent neologisms like “hurricanal,” meaning to feel like being trapped in a whirlwind. But as a colleague has pointed out, you can’t get away with just adding the suffix “al” der. Latin to any noun to make it an adjective. What would you say then I… Continue reading >Tazmanian Devilish vs. Hurricanal

>The Friendship Garden

> Social class and similar interests are the most important fertilizers in the friendship garden, and sowing requires effort. From there, the sunlight of frequency and the water of luck bring forth agape flowers.  Some people are grounded. You can tell this immediately from the flash in their eyes and their first words. But then… Continue reading >The Friendship Garden

>Postmodern Classic Literature: Bright Lights, Big City

> The second person is a fine technique to use. It is adjuratory and precise. The first person is confessional. The two effects are distinct. In Jay McInerney’s classic literature roman a clef, the second person is exhortatory, nearly allowing us as readers to tell the protagonist how best to deal with his sexual abandonment… Continue reading >Postmodern Classic Literature: Bright Lights, Big City

>Gerundizing in Post Postmodernism

> The latest trend in post postmodern language is gerundizing, or making a noun a verb. Julie’s example was, “Hey are you guys Bostoning this weekend?” But you don’t have to gerundize necessarily – the larger trend is that nouns are becoming verbs. Take the word “reference.”  It is gaining momentum as a verb instead… Continue reading >Gerundizing in Post Postmodernism