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December 22, 2020
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How Humor Works – A Clear Proposal For A Classic Question, Part 2 (E. Garrett Ennis)

The following is the second of a four-part series. The first can be found here. Alright, let’s apply this to some common examples. Pranks. The basic point of pranks is to fool the victim into reacting to something they shouldn’t, thus allowing observers to laugh at them for their error…

December 8, 2020
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How Humor Works – A Clear Proposal For A Classic Question, Part 1 (E. Garrett Ennis)

The following is the first of a four-part series. “Many theorists seem to confuse offering the necessary conditions for a response to count as humor with explaining why we find one thing funny rather than another. This second question, what would be sufficient for an object to be found funny,…

November 16, 2020
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The Phenomenon Of Marina Abramović As Re-enactment Of The Passions Of The Contemporary Elite, Part 2 (Gennady Shkliarevsky)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. Contemporary artists (including Abramovic) and critics tend to overlook this critical difference between transgression and transcendence. They fail to recognize and, consequently, critically examine this difference. They merely conflate the two and use this unwarranted…

November 9, 2020
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The Phenomenon Of Marina Abramović As Re-enactment Of The Passions Of The Contemporary Elite, Part 1 (Gennady Shkliarevsky)

The following is the first of a two-part series. Marina Abramovic is arguably the most celebrated contemporary artist in the world. She works in performance art that is currently regarded as the most avant-garde form of art. Abramovic, who is now 74, has once dubbed herself in jest as “the…

October 20, 2020
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Forms Of Enchantment – Literary Conversations, Part 4 (Jennifer Denrow and Mathias Svalina With Roger Green)

The following is republished from The New Polis, and is the last of a four-part series. The first installment can be found here, the second here, the third here. The video version can be found here. Jennifer Denrow is the author of California (Four Way Books, 2011). Her chapbooks include How We Know it…

October 6, 2020
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Forms Of Enchantment – Literary Conversations, Part 3 (Jennifer Denrow and Mathias Svalina With Roger Green)

The following is republished from The New Polis, and is the third of a four-part series. The first installment can be found here, the second here. The video version can be found here. Jennifer Denrow is the author of California (Four Way Books, 2011). Her chapbooks include How We Know it is That (Horse Less…

September 22, 2020
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Forms Of Enchantment – Literary Conversations, Part 2 (Jennifer Denrow and Mathias Svalina With Roger Green)

The following is republished from The New Polis, and is the second of a four-part series. The first installment can be found here. The video version can be found here. Jennifer Denrow is the author of California (Four Way Books, 2011). Her chapbooks include How We Know it is That (Horse Less Press, 2014) and From…

September 7, 2020
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Forms Of Enchantment – Literary Conversations, Part 1 (Jennifer Denrow and Mathias Svalina With Roger Green)

The following is republished from The New Polis, and is the first of a four-part series. The video version can be found here. Jennifer Denrow is the author of California (Four Way Books, 2011). Her chapbooks include How We Know it is That (Horse Less Press, 2014) and From California, On (Brave Men Press, 2012). Her writing…

August 25, 2020
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Longing For An Impossible Past – Derrida’s Of Grammatology And The Coronavirus, Part 2 (Jared Lacy)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. Furthermore there is an element of nostalgia implicit in this desire. Like the armed protestors who stormed city capital buildings across the United States, there is a sense among certain students and faculty, that in the…

August 11, 2020
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Longing For An Impossible Past – Derrida’s Of Grammatology And The Coronavirus, Part 1 (Jared Lacy)

The following is the first installment of a two-part series. As we witness the aftermath of the initial responses to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — the failures and successes of the various shelter-in-place orders and a global economy interrupted — it is difficult not to notice the fact that in…