Category Archives: Adorno

Barbaric Poetry – notes for later…

Theodore W. Adorno Quotation: “To write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric” (to 1969 Herbert Marcuse interview about Adorno) From the web site of Evelyn Wilcock, http://members.aol.com/eandcw/adquotes.htm, accessed July 28, 2003 People who ask about Adorno want to know the … Continue reading

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Hektor Rottweiler Rethinks

Current of Music is a very important addition to Adorno’s bibliography. “Adorno mentions in a letter [to Rudolf Kolisch, 12 July 1940] that [for one of the sections of his planned book ‘Current of Music’] he planned to use an English translation … Continue reading

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11 theses on art and politics (#5,6,7)

[Thesis five, six and seven (of eleven)]: 5. Trinketization would be a diagnosis of limited responses to global reconfigurations of commodity fetishism, where affect and shopping disguise an unbroken deal with hierarchical social relations locked in, unchallenged. Where class/race/gender politics … Continue reading

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11 theses on art and politics…

(…continued – parts 2 & 3 – Part one was Do Bee Do Bee Doo: here). 2. The ‘secret omnipresence of resistance’ is Adorno’s enigmatic turn of phrase in The Culture Industry for a subtle judgement on art and politics. ‘It … Continue reading

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the perfect job

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Dear John

I like to get random mail. Here’s one just out of the post bag: Dear Professor Hutnyk, I’m doing a feature for the October edition of Museums Journal about live music in museums, and the fashion for getting rock and … Continue reading

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Adorno to Benjamin

The “Complete Correspondence of Benjamin and Adorno” (Polity 1999 or Surkamp 1994) is always a good read on a cold rainy [even snowing] day. Adorno to Benjamin: Teddy writes to Walter trying to wean him from his trinket mania, get … Continue reading

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