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The Tiepolo Effect

The Tiepolo Effect There is a critical concept I have long been trying to put in a form that will do work, or illuminate art when applied, like Eliot’s “objective correlative” or Harold Bloom’s “anxiety of influence” (which it sort of resembles, or disputes). For now...

A Note on Alchemy

   A Note on Alchemy Long ago my friend Ioan Culianu, the most deepy learned man I've ever known well, and one of the most open and generous of that tribe, was tapped to upgrade a huge encyclopedia of magic and religion that his older colleague ...

Tigers in Lavender: 3

Tigers in Lavender: 3 In 1951 Indiana University took over from Kenyon College a famed but underfunded institute, the School of English, which IU renamed the School of Letters. For years the Summer Institute of the School of Letters drew pre-eminent writers and scholars to give...

Tigers in Lavender: 2

TIGERS IN LAVENDER: 2 Continuing the story of the making of a student film in Indiana in 1964, begun in the previous post: The Bolex camera that the photography department had – and which Lance Bird and I hogged for the remaining year and more of college...

Tigers in Lavender 1

1. Long Long Ago Some years ago I was watching the Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home, produced by Martin Scorsese. There was a scene of Dylan on stage in London 1n 1965, possibly 1966 (I haven’t re-watched the film), that had been shot from a...