Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Realism B

"Irony is also part of the conspiracy of art." (Baudrillard)

"In a bourgeois country, just as in a Communist land, they disapprove of “escapism” as a solitary vice, as a debilitating and wretched perversion. Modern society discredits the fugitive so that no one will listen to his account of his journeys. Art or history, man’s imagination or his tragic and noble destiny, these are not criteria which modern mediocrity will tolerate. “Escapism” is the fleeting vision of abolished splendors and the probability of an implacable verdict on today’s society." (Nicolás Gómez Dávila)

Double bill - Hail the Conquering Hero
and When Willie Comes Marching Home. When the populace gets plucked to serve national interests abroad, escapist narratives take on "real" significance. The dream factory produces confections which act as salves ...

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