Even for many of us who didn’t go to high school in the Midwestern suburbs, this is the vision of high school we carry in our collective memory. I can immediately recognize the image of a senior prom or the inside of a suburban high school not because I have ever been to either, but because I have seen The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink more times than I can count.
Gay Pride marches are generally pretty fun. So I was expecting a carnival atmosphere, lots of rainbow stripes and at least a bubble machine or two at Israel’s second largest annual parade. Rainbow stripes there were, but not much else was familiar...
The chronological method generates a more flexible matrix capable of displaying the complex, and often contradictory, logic of twentieth-century art. Rather than stylistic or thematic development, it is incidental temporal progression that threads the exhibition rooms together, producing a space in which an open-ended conversation is carried out between different modes of the modern.
The editor has claimed the issue will be successful if it gives its readers a feel for “exactly what the city is like,” although it should also succeed as a “work of art.” The question of whether literature with the same aspirations as tourism could qualify as art is not asked by Granta’s Chicago issue, although it is answered by it.
A world utterly without “why” can have one or the other of two very different aspects. It can seem a deeply contemplative, even if not necessarily thoroughly pleasant, place.
Blending lyrical melancholy with sharply absurdist wit, the play hunts avidly after the conditions of significant action and utterance even as it toys with the possibility that none exist. The play’s central conceit concerns the diary that Faustus has kept during the decades of his infernal bargain; madly, in order to thwart the demon’s interest in reading his most intimate thoughts, the doctor has resorted to inscribing nothing but random groupings of hatchmarks in his book.
Portraying philosophers as authority figures is a baneful inversion of the entire Socratic process, which aimed to replace authority with reason.
“Examined Life” cannot be a model for the serious yet popular philosophy we crave. But perhaps its most successful moments point to someone who can.