About

I’m a graduate student in Chicago studying film, literature, social theory, and philosophy and working on the Unified Theory of Everything…more specifically and immediately, how art distinctively allows us to know the “really real,” to borrow Clifford Geertz’s phrase (he means it with respect to the divine, and that’s not just coincidence). I intend this blog as a kind of public intellectual journal. The ideas aren’t fully formed, and I welcome constructive comments.

The title of the blog comes from the end of Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, “Against Interpretation”:

The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art – and, by analogy, our own experience – more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.

           In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art.

[The “–>” means “toward,” I just promised myself I would never entitle a piece of my writing “Toward…” anything. Yes, I realize this is cheating.]

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