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  • A Basic Statement on the Aesthetic
    – February 14, 2013

    An orienting statement, a creed of sorts, the philosophicap first stepping stone for everything else on the site, put here so that I may try to avoid repeating myself.

  • The 'Being' of Aesthetic Literature: Theoretical and Mythical Thinking
    – Jan. 28, 2015
    – originally posted to the PDC Mar. 12, 2014

    A look at the two modalities of thought, writing, and being, through the engagement of Modernist artists with 'Primitive' art, and through Ernst Cassirer's Language and Myth. This offered in discourse around the idea presented by MacLeish in his poem "Ars Poetica," that a poem "should not mean but be."

  • Immanent Textuality
    – December 1, 2014

    An exploration of aesthetic literature and art through Rank, Lyotard, and Derrida.

  • Noble Blasphemy
    – February 18, 2013

    This is, perhaps, the most important essay I have written as regards my own system of thought on the aesthetic and the nomic: not in that it gave me new ideas, for most of this essay comes out of ideas already possessed; rather, in that it gave me the language to speak those ideas, a personal language, the langauge of the aesthetic, the nomic, and blasphemy. It is through writing this essay that the system of my thought came unto itself. As such, this, more than anything else I might put here, is the center of the project that is this site.

  • Notes on the Idea of Organicism, Part I: Coleridge
    – Jan 28, 2015
    – originally posted to the PDC May 6, 2014

    A presentation of the idea of organicism – in general to the Romantic era and specifically with Coleridge – as it is explicated in M.H. Abrams's The Mirror and the Lamp.

  • Notes on the Idea of Organicism, Part II
    – Jan 28, 2015
    – originally posted to the PDC May 8, 2014

    An exploration of the idea of organicism as an foundational idea in the aesthetic, and as a tool in literary criticism.

  • Picasso to Warhol: A High Museum of Art Exhibit
    – April 23, 2012

    Comments on the 2012 exhibit.

  • There and Back: An Expeditionary Journey by Way of Manifesto
    – Jan. 31, 2015

    An explication of Susan Sontag's "Against Interpretation," following the chiasmic structure the essay sets up.