In a 1968 interview, Marcel Duchamp told Joan Bakewell that art no longer had the capacity to shock the public. Today shock is imposed on art (and all visual images), from the outside, by the professional outragetariat, thereby reducing sublime and beautiful aesthetic experiences to feelings and emotions and short-circuiting the aestheticization of life.
Dragons over King’s Landing. High Sparrow on fire. Sansa dead. Let the Game begin.
Fanfic: Carrie and Quinn foil a plot to kidnap Hodor.
Voir dire is one of the scariest things one can experience as an American citizen. One would never want to be judged by a jury made up of such peers.
One cheer for gentrification: coffeehouses and grog shops were the springboards of English greatness.
NY Republican Primary: People whose social status has been falling for decades live vicariously through the towering ego of Mr Trump. His campaign is basically following the format of reality TV. He should do well in places like Long Island, Staten Island, Buffalo, and Scores (his old haunt).
So Jared Leto cut his hair. We still haven’t received a satisfactory answer to the question of why Jordan can’t read?
Hunting dogs are the ISIS of the world of foxes.
Women of the world unite! You outnumber men.
Stannis Baratheon married a ginger witch, a plus in his favour. However, he’s weak and religious. And he doesn’t pay his debts.
I was fine with Littlefinger until he fell in with Sansa. Off with both their heads!
As a new season of Game of Thrones beckons, I renew my yearly plea for more Arya and dragons, and less Sansa.
I miss Schadenfreude weekends with David Moyes.
Oh Manchester City, so much to answer for.
Ms Sears will be remembered as the best fiancee in recorded history.
Eating contests (e.g., professional contestants in Major League Eating) are just what the American Founders had in mind.
Presumably there are not enough spinmeisters in the journalistic field.
Journalism as melodrama.
Pope Francis is the Snoop Dogg of the Roman Church.
Freaking dragons, Sansa silenced, Dwarf enhanced: GoT Season 4.
Talking to pigeons isn’t a good sign.
The controversy over the new Annie is a distraction from Benghazi.