Saturday, July 31, 2004

Urban bile

Jim Kunstler is an avid commentator on american architecture and society as seen in his Eyesore of the Month:Architectural blunders in a monthly serial


Kunstlers writing can be quite biting as can be seen in his view of the above Ontario Art School

a totemized retro-futuroid coffee table joined umbilically to its Soviet-style predecessor below. The message, apparently: art and design are nothing but fun fun fun. Nothing to get serious about. A playful spirit of induced hazard will keep students wondering when the checkered box might wobble free of its cute swizzle-stick legs and come crashing down on their heads. This exercise in hyper-entropic avant garde faggotry is so cutting edge that it is already out of date. The only question: which of the two conjoined buildings is more cruelly ridiculous?

Kunstler dislike of contemporary American society can be seen in this movie review of Michael Moores Fahrenheit 9/11

Michael Moore gives me the chills and the creeps. I see America's future in his ponderous, slovenly, lurching figure, stalking congressmen with his video camera and his childish rhetorical questions. I see a nation of feckless, clueless overfed crybabies building up to tantrum. It will be a long, destructive tantrum with no times-out and it will prevent the nation from getting on with life under the new realities of the 21st century.

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Lauralam Thomas said...

I resent your comments about tattoos, and where you think the shops that provide tattooing services should be located. Sailors, cannibals, and whores, huh? Since you have obviously failed progress socially past the times when that statement was actually true in the 1700s, when sailors took cues from natives (who you lovingly refer to as cannibals), I should probably inform you that time does in fact pass, and your sterotypical statements couldn't be further from the truth. Tattoos are common among all professions, races, genders, and at all socioeconomic levels. Your desire for tattoo shops to only be accesible in back alleys just shows how outdated your views are, and is insulting to the 25% of Americans aged 18-50 who have tattoos, all sailors, cannibals and whores of course.

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