Things I have learned from looking for a job

There are only five permissible names for local newspapers in this country: the Tribune, the Times, the Register, the Eagle, and the Reporter. No other newspaper names exist. The Midwestern papers' job postings live up to expectations and are full of misspellings. There are too many journalists. When a local paper in some barely-existent town … Continue reading Things I have learned from looking for a job

From today’s reading

"Kitsch, using for raw material the debased and academicized simulacra of genuine culture, welcomes and cultivates this insensibility [to genuine culture]. It is the source of its profits. Kitsch is mechanical and operates by formulas. Kitsch is vicarious experience and faked sensations. Kitsch changes according to style, but stays always the same. Kitsch is the … Continue reading From today’s reading

Jeff Koons is the worst man in art and maybe the world

While I was visiting Boston last week, I had the pleasure of seeing Jeff Koons discuss his career in a lecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. You might know Koons from any number of high-profile sculpture pieces, particularly his inescapable metallic balloon animals from the series Celebration. (An architect friend who went to the … Continue reading Jeff Koons is the worst man in art and maybe the world