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Re: “What I'm Watching: Pete Shelley's "Homosapien" video

The entire album is fantastic and a big part of the soundtrack of my college years. Shelley's other solo albums are great as well.

Posted by gmann63 on 11/21/2015 at 9:37 AM

Re: “The 2015 Governor's Art Awards, and a Missing Grace Potter

Can Shumlin just be done now?

Posted by Mark Lade on 11/04/2015 at 12:30 PM

Re: “What I'm Watching: Anemic Cinema

There is a basic misunderstanding about art underlying this essay. Art's purpose is most assuredly not "to make us see the world in new ways". Seeing the world in new ways may be a side effect of witnessing an effective work of art, but it is not "the purpose" of this most mysterious and human of activities. So far, nobody has managed to come up with a satisfying, comprehensive explanation as to why humans make art, any more than anyone has been able to articulate a workable definition of the word "art". To reduce it intellectually to a single "purpose" is a common mistake caused by desperation at the prospect of grappling with the actual complexity of the thing and the profundity and multiplicity of its roots. Such reductionism is also responsible for the decidedly minor importance of the works produced by those who engage in it, such as the film that is this essay's subject. It's nice, I suppose, that Duchamp could bore and annoy us on purpose, but I certainly don't need to turn to his film to experience these emotions, and, having experienced them, have I really learned much of anything?

Posted by Seth Steinzor on 11/02/2015 at 1:08 PM

Re: “What I'm Watching: Billy Squier's "Rock Me Tonite" Video

I saw Billy Squier in 1983 in Ruston, La It was a good show until he and his drummer (who is also in the Rock Me video) started simulating gay sex.

Posted by jhtmbsc on 10/31/2015 at 11:30 AM

Re: “In Memoriam: Kathleen De Simone

A beautiful tribute, Eva. Thank you, belatedly.

Posted by DeeBee on 10/29/2015 at 11:56 PM

Re: “What I'm Watching: "Battle for Milkquarious"

What a great review to a campaign that was totally under the radar. The only thing missing was the credit of the lead actor Joe HURSLEY. Cheers!

Posted by minigirl on 10/26/2015 at 3:21 AM

Re: “In Memoriam: Kathleen De Simone

Nice Work Eva. She was a blast to know

Posted by Chris Stecher on 10/19/2015 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Art Crime in Winooski

"If you're angry, why wouldn't you direct that at something that symbolizes what you're angry at?”

In my experience, art sometimes does represent something some vandals are angry with. I think many young people feel that sculpture and fine art particularly is something elitist and 'high brow' that they can't connect with. They know it costs a lot of money, that rich people pay thousands, even millions for it, so it symbolises a culture that they don't feel a part of, worse; that they feel excluded from by education, economics or class. Art class in school is taught in a way that makes kids without 'natural ability' feel like a lost cause, so those who might possibly have found joy or appreciation of a work of art instead associate it with negativity, exclusion and even ridicule.

Just my view as an artist and a therapist, but a lot more could be done by artists and the educational establishment to help young people connect with art in a way that seems relevant to them. Maybe then they'd grow into adults with less animosity towards works of art that might otherwise have spoken to them.

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Posted by Laura Turley on 10/18/2015 at 2:24 PM

Re: “'Take' Magazine Takes Burlington

Thus continues the cultural domination and extinction of Burlington's local artists and influences by flatlanders, hipsters and nihilistic narcissists.

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Posted by Christopher Hill on 10/17/2015 at 6:31 PM

Re: “In Memoriam: Kathleen De Simone

Susan, thank you so much for catching that. Kathleen died on the 13th. Apologies for the error.

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Posted by Cathy Resmer on 10/17/2015 at 3:52 PM

Re: “In Memoriam: Kathleen De Simone

I am a bit confused. It says she died on October 20th. Today is October 17th. Is this a memoriam? She died last year? Or did oyu mean Tuesday, October 13th???

Posted by Susan Lisk Wylie on 10/17/2015 at 3:50 PM

Re: “In Memoriam: Kathleen De Simone

Wonderfully put, Eva. Kathleen was wonderful and ebullient and her spirit is too strong to disappear.

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Posted by Laura Hale on 10/17/2015 at 3:37 PM

Re: “In Memoriam: Kathleen De Simone

Very nice testimony to a woman I'd have liked to have known, Eva.

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Posted by Kathy on 10/17/2015 at 3:24 PM

Re: “What I'm Watching: "The Prisoner"

Yes! The music for this show is so very, very excellent! Since starting to rewatch the show, the theme has been almost constantly stuck in my head.

Posted by Ethan de Seife on 09/30/2015 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Burlington Considers How to Become a Bikable City at Walk/Bike Summit

Chapin Spencer should not even be the head of the Department of Public Works - He doesn't even have the qualifications for the job - Formerly the founder of Local Motion, he was just put in place as the Mayor's whipping boy so they could shove inefficient road designs where bikers previously had NO PROBLEMS getting from point A to point B. Vermonters are smart enough to ride a bike and stay out of the way of vehicular traffic and get where they need to be. We don't need to be dumbed down like the rest of the country. All those thinking they are helping the environment with this so-called movement are forgetting that idling traffic has major negative consequences for the environment. An avid biker myself it makes me angry that once again Vermont put's it's empty baby bottle out to the very in debt Federal Government for these types of programs. When it comes time to re-do the sidewalks, widen them slightly and pave them. Let's go back to Vermonters taking care of themselves. Remember Vermont?

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Posted by Biker on 09/30/2015 at 8:12 PM

Re: “What I'm Watching: "The Prisoner"

I watched this show for the first time a few years ago (thanks, dear defunct Waterfront Video!). It was as good as I hoped. A very clear influence on the new "Battlestar Galactica" (the No. 6 character being an homage) and "Lost." (Imho "Lost" never even approached "The Prisoner" in terms of quality weirdness, but I never got into that island show with all the pretty people, so I'll shut up about it. I'll merely mention that Patrick McGoohan had a screen presence that Matthew Fox can only dream of.)

I also own some of the music, which is awesome. If you were born at the tail-end of the '60s, you probably have the theme hidden somewhere in your DNA, or at least your earliest memories.

Posted by Margot Harrison on 09/30/2015 at 6:18 PM

Re: “What I'm Watching: "The Prisoner"

Yeah, I got the gist reading it back a second time. But, I didn't get where I am today without blundering into comments sections and firing away scattershot with only the minimum understanding of what I was on about...

Oh, my sceptred isle has a long proud tradition of awful sitcoms that make you dead inside after just 30 minutes. At least they'd only last 6 episodes, to never be recommissioned (apart from the ones that were).

Posted by DadManCult on 09/30/2015 at 1:35 PM

Re: “What I'm Watching: "The Prisoner"

Ah, I see what you mean. And, seriously, no worries - like I say, I'm happy to have the conversation, and didn't take any offense!

I think I meant "quality" not in the sense of "film, not video," but in the sense that the BBC, to take one example, was officially in the business of making "high-minded" shows such as "The Prisoner." It was one way to distinguish their work.

Not that the BBC didn't also make dopey sitcoms, but hey!

Posted by Ethan de Seife on 09/30/2015 at 1:27 PM

Re: “What I'm Watching: "The Prisoner"

I just spotted the paragraph about British TV and the BBC producing higher quality TV etc. I probably misunderstood / took the comment out of context as I hadn't had my full quota of coffee this morning and was still running on autopilot. Meant to say though, that I thoroughly enjoyed the read, and wasn't just being an arse for the sake of it!

Posted by DadManCult on 09/30/2015 at 1:23 PM

Re: “What I'm Watching: "The Prisoner"

Hi, DMC, and thanks for your comment.

I'm aware of the production history of the show (shot on film, commercial breaks, etc.) but am not sure which point you're addressing/refuting! Always happy to talk about "The Prisoner," so I hope you respond.

Be seeing you.

Posted by Ethan de Seife on 09/30/2015 at 1:18 PM

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