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  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    or, the assassination of pat garrett by the coward john poe

    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid is very far from Dylan's best-received albums, coming in the middle of his early 70's slump between his last good album John Wesley Harding in 1967 (or Nashville Skyline in '69, if you can stand it) and his return to form in Blood on the Tracks (or the 1974 tour - again, mileages vary). Still, there's a certain charm to it, even apart from…

  • All That Perishes at the Edge of Land

    All That Perishes at the Edge of Land

    at Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art

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  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    imre kertesz once called this movie 'holocaust kitsch' - the holocaust as a purely aesthetic event of absolute evil, divorced from any actual analysis of the catastrophe or its place in actually-existing bourgeois society.

    we see here the most important moment of modern history - the annihilation of the european jewry - reduced to a narrative prop: the scenery in a bildungsroman about 'the good german'.

    spielberg - with his cloying and exploitative sentimentalism - effectively denies the holocaust by aestheticizing it.

  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    The fascist dream is realized in its becoming an aesthetic, he said, putting on his Walter Benjamin impression. This has nothing at all to say about the Holocaust except a sentimental "gee, sure was sad all those Jews died!" The Holocaust exists here only to glorify humanity in general (that is to say the audience) by way of Oskar Schindler; and Israel, by way of Jerusalem of Gold. We are faced again with a justification of the present state of…