Sunday, July 10, 2005

Welcome to my blog

Welcome! This is my blog for my website: I call it This Week's This and you can find it at

Can art change the world? Should it try to change the world? Where is the avant guarde today? Who are the voices, the cutting edge "cultural workers" who, from the confusing clash between our daily life and the daily spectacle of the world stage, can make sense of a seemingly senseless world?

"Art is the inside of the world", once said a theatre artist. The site proposes a weekly video magazine of politics and culture. It presents the world through the eyes of this artist, allowing the video camera to fuse the distinction between TV journalism and art, creating a new art form, perhaps an overtly political art form, yet deeply personal and idiosyncratic.

And this Blog?
That's up to us! Here I hope to hear from you all: comments on my site and the videos; and this blog as a diary and forum. I will try to keep it updated about my ungoing activities (Living Theatre, for example) and the "this" of this week.


At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Fred Moramarco said...

An interesting and original interpretation of The War of the Worlds, Gary. Also, it's a real treat to know that "The Living Theater" is still around and still kicking ass. I remember when they were on 12th St and saw some of their earliest productions like "The Connection," and "The Brig."

At 5:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 5:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was 14th St.(and Sixth Ave.)TW

At 5:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today in the NYTimes Edward Rothstein writes about "War Of The Worlds": "Martians Attack, With Extra Baggage". A blurb says: "Echoes of colonialism, 9/11 and the Arab-Israeli conflict?" It's on the NYTimes site. Of course. It's all there. As for the nuclear family; I have seen a few great ones. TW

At 6:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grohmann…believed that Klee would have “considered his last paintings the truest and most perfect, because they have something of the inevitability and grandeur of having to die in order to become.’”(Will Grohmann, Klee biographer, quoted in Malcomson review)

“Everyone here is scared silly all the time. The stars, the writers, the producers, even the big bosses—they’re all afraid they’ll wake up one morning and find out they’ve lost their magic touch with the public.” (from “Florida”, 1939, by Daniel Fuchs)

Mass entertainment, if it’s any good, can’t be mass-produced, but instead must be improvised anew each time, just like art—because it is art. Every film poses a unique struggle and leaves the men at the top groping through the fog just as clumsily as nobodies…(Sam Tanenhaus)

The painting endures…because it is both itself and a parody of itself. Its meaning has more to do with the viewer’s perception than Wood’s intention.(Jeanine Basinger on Steven Biel on Grant Wood)

“The teachings of Descartes are well and good for the old country--; but here they just don’t churn the butter. This nation was founded on belief—credulity pure and simple… Without an understanding of belief—without a sympathy for it, a talent for it—you will never make your penny.”(the character Morelle on the workings of the con, John Wray, “Canaan’s Tongue”; review of Sam Lipsyte)

What is this? Five quotes from the NYTimes, July 10, 2005.

Paul Klee dies in 1940. Now he has a museum to him in Bern, Switzerland. It must be wonderful. With Daniel Fuchs, a great story-teller about the creative world in mythical Hollywood, we feel the eternal creative struggles. Money, production, stars, charisma, meaning. And Sam Tanenhaus comments. Grant Wood: coincidence. Magic. And the hype explored in a new novel, by John Wray. You gotta get the people to believe. So, if you’re smart and a sheister, you’ll get the people to believe, and then…


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