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On Alliance Work and Cultural Work

From Kris Montanez, The New Mass Art and Literature and Other Related Essays (1974-1987): While some artists and writers are conscious of the need for remolding and welcome criticism and self-criticism of their works and themselves, it will take some time for most artists and writers who are daily exposed to bourgeois and feudal forces…

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The Aesthetics of Resistance

I finally read the first volume of Peter Weiss’ The Aesthetics of Resistance this year (along with Marat/Sade which I may write about sooner or later once I beef up on my knowledge of theatre). Before anything else, I think it would be best for readers to do without Fredric Jameson’s dense and circuitous introduction…

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Mr. Palomar and Marcovaldo

Having liked Invisible Cities which I read earlier this year, I took the time to read two other short books by Italo Calvino which I bought very cheap from one of my acquaintances on Facebook. Mr. Palomar seems to me like a brochure of classic postmodern doctrines and procedures on the indeterminacy of meaning, the…

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Christmas Book Wishlist 2014

I am happy to note that some of the items from last year’s Christmas wishlist were in fact fulfilled: the Mao Cap (minus the red star), Ernesto Cardenal’s Zero Hour and Other Documentary Poems (sent by the ever generous William Small), and Edberto Villegas’ Barikada (which I just read earlier this month). The rest I’ve…