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A Wednesday

Summer is moving along – three panels of the fence came down in the straight-line wind on Monday night.

Is it a Crime? – JSTOR Daily G Stein. Modernist pulp fiction. Compare reading Stein with empathic reading.

The Current “Longest Strawman Argument Article” of 2022 is… Response to The Empathy Racket – by Alice Gribbin. I’m in there with Birchler: The argument for empathy is borrowed from 1950s didactic criticism, and more than shows its prescriptive years.

It’s Art Appreciation revisited. The pathetic fallacy re-woke. It’s in line with reader response criticism, but I’m not sure it offers much that is new. It seems to turn reader response towards the normative and “utilitarian,” and away from the ideosyncratic and functional – but I wonder if that’s a good thing. But response to art as a litmus test has been used for ever.

As Gribbin writes, “… the reasoning behind the default to empathy is … shallow and deadening.” It’s an extension of the psychology reasoning – the value of the work depends on the depth of the psyche – and, as she argues, it places a normative measure on the manner of reading. But that the insistence on reading empathically is made by those who are aesthetically stunted is too harsh and narrow. Normative positions are always narrow, based on half-understood ideas. But is empathic reading a racket, noise? 0r a Ponzi scheme a grift? Might be: The position certainly can be, and has been, used that way (Richardson, and some local poets come to mind). The position is riding on the idea that Virtue is Worn on the Sleeve These Days. But it is facile and adolescent; that is, didactic. Normative. Gribbin gets a little preachy and didactic when she’s framing her argument.

The idea that the empathic reading position is aligned with self-help books is interesting and worth considering, if only to widen it a bit. It’s a narrow connection. But the narrowness of the work at MIA’s Center for Empathy and Visual Arts (CEVA) needs a good kicking because there are more salient ways of thinking about art and social crises. It is the purpose of the museum to address social ills, but how is up for financial debate.

My response: Teach modernism. Make it new.

Giacometti, Drawing

For the First Time in 15 Years, the Most Exciting New Apps I Use are Web-First

Slashdot Sentient AI. LaMDA is not sentient. And even the attempt to side-step argument by declaring belief isn’t going to change things.

the worst is not over

blizzard2The latest alert from the weather service makes another promise.  I like the range of estimate: 12 – 20 inches. Can’t be wrong with that kind of estimate.

THE WORST OF THE STORM WILL HIT TODAY INTO THIS EVENING…

.AN ADDITIONAL 8 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW WILL FALL IN MOST AREAS
TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY. ALONG THE CANADIAN BORDER A BIT LESS SNOW
WILL FALL WITH NEW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 OR 7 INCHES EXPECTED. THIS
ADDITIONAL SNOW ON TOP OF WHAT HAS FALLEN WILL GIVE STORM TOTALS
FROM WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY OF 12 TO 20 INCHES OVER THE
REGION.

Just to make sure you know how much snow we’re getting, the weather service is even adding it all up for us.  Have a look at the graphic, all decked out in holiday stickers.  Festive.

Locally, it’s not bad at all.  Thirty degrees, calm, light snow, but it continues to come down.  Quiet outside, too, because there are few cars going by.  It’s all ok by me.  We have duck for Christmas dinner, and if it gets too tedious indoors, we can stand next to the highway and wave at the few cars sledding past in that 12 – 20 inches.

first spring storm?

With any luck, this might be coming our way tonight:


Viv cleared snow off the deck so we could have a glass of celebratory wine in the sun, but just as she finished, the front rolled in. But we’re stocked up with food and drink in case a storm does roll in – and even if it doesn’t.


cold again

weather map Feb 19 08It’s getting down to -28F tonight, and we’re already feeling the cold creep in. We have a fire going, and we’ll need to keep it going all night to keep the house warm. Everything is straining to get through this cold snap: the cats, the beams in the house, and the truck.