I was not unaware as a young man in my twenties of the conjunction of literature and politcs, but it was Hilton Kramer and Samuel Lipman's naked, unholy coupling of neoliberal ideology and aesthetics in their revival of The New Criterion in 1982 that nailed it for me--how important this was; the imposiblity of thinking about art, literature or music as pursuits autonomous from politics. And yet, for the most part, I've compartimentalized these realms on Barking Dog. At times--felt uncomfortable in posting notices of political events, accounts of campaign activities... wondered, do they belong here?
Past time to bring them together--not in indeological harmony, but as the Blakean contraries they more truly represent.
Jacob Russell's Barking Dog: The aesthetics of process: ruminations on poetry, literature and the intersection politics, art and the human condition.
So, off to a Health Care protest at the CIGNA headquarters (with no plans to be arrested this time!). If you're in Philly, come join us!
Tuesday, October 6, at 11:30 am at 1601 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia to we are going back to CIGNA's world head quarters in Philadelphia to protest business practices that deny people insurance coverage and health care and their political efforts to block health care reform.
A few of us are going to risk arrest by blocking the doors to CIGNA's lobby. We need as many of you as possible to join us and show support for this action. Please RSVP ...or just show up! (Only those who attented the non-violent training session will participate in civil disobedience)