Thursday, August 26

Gobbets of Blake

From this latest piece by Jonathan Jones (see BOAT DRINKS for link to an archive of his pieces) I offer up a potential blog title for anyone stuck - or bored - out there. Well, you can't go wrong with Gobbets of Blake can you?

Re: the piece I ruefully confess that I'd never heard of Christopher Bucklow. In fact, I know jack shit about Art - just bits of cornflake knowledge. But I like reading Jonathan Jones, Jonathan Glancey, and Jonathan Meades. (The latter sadly has no evolving site I can BOAT DRINK, but he always makes fabulous TV programmes.) FOAM: do you have to be a Jonathan to get a gig in this field?

And actually, I do think Charles Saatchi is a Lenin of our times. Yeah, Lenin was a shit too. Go read Martin Amis' Koba the Dread.

While I'm on this tip, forgive me if I reminisce: as a student, when not "completely mashed off my face on ecstasy pipes" (to quote Chris Morris - any excuse, any excuse ...) I occasionally found myself sitting with a blurry head in a blurry room counting the marks on the walls while some earnest comrades put each other and the world to rights ...

"No, you're wrong: I'm not Marxist-Leninist, I'm Stalinist-Leninist."

"What about Trotsky? Hobsbawm says -"

"Fuck Trotsky ... That traitor!"

Not a unique experience, I know. And of course, such heated exchanges took place with communal joints being passed round; while accepting my apathy, neither "M-L" nor "S-L" could abide my piss-poor joint-rolling abilities. "You useless peasant. Give it here. Straight to the gulag!"

Incidentally, "M-L" (or was he "S-L"?) is now working for the BBC (so I'd stake a foolish amount of money that he's now an "ABB" - Anybody But Blair, and now, as previous visitors may know, I would argue back about that), providing some pure yarbles for its much lauded online services. And on my AOL toolbar, it seems only natural to use the red flag icon for the BBC link. Well, it is, isn't it?

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posted by DD @ 11:12 

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