"Like the study of science and art, accounts of historical events can be intrinsically fascinating. But they have a wider significance. I believe that people are better able to chart their life course and make life decisions when they know how others have dealt with pressures and dilemmas---historically, contemporaneously, and in works of art. And only equipped with such understanding can we participate knowledgeably in contemporary discussions (and decisions) about the culpability of various individuals and countries in the Second World War. Only with such understanding can we ponder the responsibilty of human beings everywhere to counter current efforts at genocide in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia to bring the perpetrators to justice."
"...we humans are the kinds of animals who learn chiefly by observing others---what they value, what they spurn, how they conduct themselves from day to day, and especially, what they do when they believe that no one is looking."
----Howard Gardner, from The Disciplined Mind, published in 1999

Friday, August 17, 2007

Too Many Cooks in the Kitschen?

Some more ways of thinking about kitsch:

http://www.kundera.de/english/Info-Point/Kitsch_in_Kunderas_Work/kitsch_in_kunderas_work.html

http://www.ljhammond.com/phlit/2000-09.htm (Scroll down to essay #2)

http://www.radford.edu/~jolanta/publications/Kundera1992.htm

2 comments:

The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

Gasoline to fuel the fires of my chaos!

neroli said...

*laughing*
astute, as always, my dear---you knew I posted those especially for you---because my wheels were still turning, and I remembered reading in Kundera about kitsch...but not anything specific...so, I googled...
I'm glad to have your company in this kitschen---I'm eager to see what we'll cook up!