June 25th, 2004

mepublicenemy

Beauty with Wings

I'm back to reading Alexandra York's novel, CROSSPOINTS. The romantic triangle has gotten very acute indeed as of page 327.

For me, the novel has some compelling emotional scenes. I notice that one of the things I'm responding to is the author's righteous rebellion against the purposely ugly and ungainly. Today's artists put so many hideous things in front of us. Well, I guess it's the purchasers who put them in front of us - all those corporate boards and government committees that decide what sculptures will adorn the city's streets.

There is a building in Chicago, a new building, that bucks the trend beautifully. It's called the Bank One Center, at least for now. Anyway, in their lobby, they have a full size cast reproduction of the Winged Victory from the Louvre. But it is gilded - painted gold. It's a feast for my eyes every time I walk by the building on Dearborn Street.

Here is a photo:

http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=190027

There is a photo of the original, and a bunch of info, here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winged_Victory_of_Samothrace

Rhyme of the day:

I give thanks
To the bank's
Good taste
In gracing
This place.
mepublicenemy

O'Reilly vs. Moore

The other night on the O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, O'Reilly replayed an old on-the-air exchange between him and Michael Moore, the populist director of Fahrenheit 911.

Here's a snippet I found from it:

http://www.boingboing.net/2002/02/27/michael_moore_versus.html

In the snippet, you see Moore deflect the ideological point about capitalism.

O'Reilly replayed the exchange because Moore has been telling people that O'Reilly banned him from the show because Moore had cut him to ribbons previously.

If you read this article, you begin to get the idea that Moore exaggerates how much people ban him:

http://www.macon.com/mld/inquirer/8987653.htm

But his problem with the truth is not what I wanted to talk about. What struck me about his exchange with O'Reilly was how Moore went straight for the altruism issue. He asked O'Reilly, a conservative, whether or not he believed we had a responsibility to help the poor and suffering. [Not an exact quote.] Of course, O'Reilly has to say YES, he does think we have such a responsibility. It's central to the Judaeo-Christian heritage, isn't it? O'Reilly's counter-argument is that we have such a responsibility, but that it should be a matter of free individual choice how and whether the responsibility is implemented, since we have a capitalist system. This is what leads to the first snippet quoted above.

Yeah, Moore went straight for the altruism card, and O'Reilly just played along. It was sad. Capitalism deserves a better defense.

Here is a guy who is playing Moore's game on Moore himself. He is filming himself trying to get Moore to sit down and be interviewed for a movie. It seems Moore refuses to do that. What a laugh! He seems to be a libertarian rather than a conservative:

http://www.michaelmoorehatesamerica.com/index.html

Rhyme of the day:

I'll say it now, as I have before:
I want to see much less of Moore.