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Jonathan Borofsky’s What Is Dragging Me?

If you don’t think it’s better to be rich, send me your money!

Joan Rivers

When Good Art Happens to Bad People

ADORNO POINTED OUT that our biggest tragedy under modernity is that we’re not even tragic! Denuded of Specialness under consumer culture, we fail to distinguish ourselves even in our moments of failure—our failure to be masterful, to be strong, to be fashionable, or even to adequately express our inadequacy. Maurice Blanchot made a brilliant career working the constitutional “worklessness” of his favorite 20th-century art geniuses, who would repeatedly disappear as they emerged into the lofty death of their work—the art object, the impossible site of increased existence where they were free to be misread, misunderstood, misused by readers even less graced than themselves, lower down on the esthetic food chain, and doomed to the even more ignoble fate of not even “failing” to

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