Jed Rasula’s history of Dada, “Destruction Was My Beatrice,” dispenses with a few old chestnuts of art history, chief among them the chronological fixation on Dada as a precursor to Surrealism, or a younger sibling of Futurism. The ordering by art critics of 20th-century avant-garde movements has required that they be both recognizable and dead. This has made them convenient and marketable, while draining away their revolutionary content. The art market embraced the products of every “ism” as soon as it recognized its distinct style. 

The only avant-garde that escaped the zombie line is Dada.



In the earliest decades of this nation -- before this nation was even a nation -- four waves of settlers arrived from Britain. The first three waves landed in New England, the Southern Colonies and the Middle Colonies, respectively, and each defined the culture of its own region. The fourth wave came in mostly through the Middle Colonies, but it didn't stay there. Instead, it migrated inland, into the Appalachian mountain range. It spread south, then west, through the Tennessee River Valley. It crossed the Mississippi River into Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. And because of its greater willingness to migrate, it's reached into almost every corner of this country.

The fact that this culture has, to a greater or lesser degree, influenced almost every part of America, doesn't mean that it is America. It's only one color in the mosaic. Yet it claims a monopoly on "American values," and incredibly, the media let it get away with that.

Here's why the media are wrong.




unequivocal statement from the white house for a change.

bee aggressive

Ed's soy marinated chicken

"marinate it in a decent Japanese soy sauce (Yamasa) watered down a little or
Japanese straight soba soup base (Tsuyu). Shirakiku is a good brand and
available at the Jap. markets. Then saute in a combination of sesame oil and
veg/light olive oil with some garlic, pepper and greens of choice (some really
dense greens may need to be par-boiled a little first). Then add a little tsuyu.
Serve on rice or add just cooked soba noodles to the pan in the end and salute a
little more, making it kind of like a yaki-soba."

I have a whole chicken soaking hlf way up in soy sauce with some water, chopped lemon grass, crushed garlic, grated ginger in the fridge. will flip a couple of thimes before cooking.

subtitle on twitter: running of the interns.

probably have copies of the supreme court ruling on obamacare.

the slow scramble

just watched two john from cincinnatis.

thats enough for one night.

stumbled across mr. robot as i was clicking around. had only seen the name of the show once recently. pleasantly surprised so far. not great by any stretch but as noirish hacker conspiracy shows go it has promise as summer filler.

will i read this article about the triangle offense favored by current knicks gm phil jackson? maybe. i do like the format enough to recommend a peek if you have ny times clicks to spare.

sugar mint

diggerland NJ

i have been getting this sidebar add on fb / yipes!

grilled sourdough flatbread


thats a splendid black and white David Smith painting.

the second iteration of true detective starts tonight on hbo. i have avoided any reviews to this point. looks like the critics are considerably mixed as to their enthusiams. 

wwc update. the final 16 entered the knockout rounds this weekend. first upset was today with australia knocking out brazil. thus far france and germany have looked to be the two best teams which is unfortunate as they are set to face off in the quarterfinals. the us is probably next although i havent seen japan play. us play columbia tomorrow and china in the next round should they advance. columbia is no pushover as they upset france earlier in the tournament. if the us move through those two opponents theyd face the winner of germany v. france in the semifinals. on the other side with brazil gone japan need only get through its opening match with the netherlands and todays upset victor australia to make its way to the semis. the other four teams have yet to play their round of 16 match with the swiss up against canada in about an hour. england play norway at 5 tomorrow prior to the us game at 8.

nice Konrad Klapheck in Art Basel’s Unlimited section.

feel dumb not to know his work already. great work!

Dewey and Wylie in the Post.

BYGGYZ now said to be opening "later this summer."

Dope is stupid fresh fly.

draft latte


not a fan.

us open started today. beautiful puget sound backdrop. first one ever in the pacific northwest if you dont count northern california. also, the course is unusual. similar to something you might see in britain. no trees, brown grass, lots of bunkers and crazy undulating greens. and prime time finishes here on the east coast.

another period

watched the first one. will probly watch more.