A Pox on the MacArthur Genius Fellowship
“Meet 19-year-old Hunter “Pixel” Jimenez, a nonbinary trans boy caught between the expectations of his Guatemalan immigrant family and his dreams of living happily ever after.”
Oh God, please, please make it stop!
The right are by nature focused on the granular: family, individuals, self. The left see community as the smallest unit of order/significance. As such, the left strive to control their communities through the organs of: neighborhood, city, county, state, etc while the rights focus on what's inside their 4 walls. Winning a culture war seems a fight not just against the left, but against the nature of "right-minded" people. It feels like the elves in middle earth fighting the long defeat. While noble, the outcome of the fight seems inevitable. Blessings to you Peachy for fighting the long defeat.
MacArthur should have listened to Henry Ford and tried to control his money from the grave. The only good thing will be that all of these “artists” who are creating their New World utopia will follow the lesson from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and be hung from their own petard.
I struggled with modern art for a while, but then I decided, since I’m not a dummy, that if you create a piece of art and I can’t find anything to like about it, or understand the piece, then that’s a failure of the artist, not me
the audience member. The art world is no different than academia or corporate America these days. Use the approved keywords, win valuable prizes.
Unless you have a billionaire in mind, you should probably crowd fund a nonprofit to pay for the awards. Start out small and go from there.
Peachy, thank you for your writing! I read through your book in two days and I’m thankful that you are writing on behalf of all the self-censoring women of the English-speaking world.
I’m a conservative Catholic man in my 30s who loves the arts, design, culture and the best that West has offered to the world. It’s dismaying to see the total lack of conservatives in the creative industries. Conservatives need to get in the game and hold the line.
Let’s get our billionaires in line to fight the good fight. We need our own genius grants to fund more truth, beauty and goodness in our blighted world.
I’ve endured artists and their work my entire life. I try to extend to them the artistic license that everyone says they’re due. Frankly, I’m sick of it. The preciousness, the posing. Let’s pray for another “shock of the new” that seizes art by the throat and brings us robust changes.
Important topic. The redefining of the ways that something possesses “beauty” has been in cultural decline. In my opinion, the postmodern art movement was the apex of the downfall.
“Non-binary trans boy”? I can’t keep up with this @&$!
Something chilling about those sculptures. “The glory of God is man fully alive,” said St. Irenaeus, who also deserves a namesake grant. Seems woke art is meant to negate every word of that--no God, no man, no alive-ness. It really does lay bare its insidious aims and has zero beauty to beguile with. It’s so utterly heartbreaking that so few people are unable to discern truth and beauty from plain rubbish.
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I highly recommend everyone support the work of Passage Press and the Passage Prize. Here is the first place winner for poetry from last year, which would not be out of place in a Norton's Anthology (it's that good):
The Aged Mathematician
[by “T.J. Snodgrass”]
Ghosts and Gaussian noise remain to me,
A creaking involution, but I see,
And have seen, proportion. Though some degree
Is lost, I—no, that’s not it. I’ve forgot.
I fear that all desirous inquiry
Falls to discourse on a round; cordoned thought,
Violence—the quick of my mind is still.
One more proof, or moment, or harmony
For the spheres, something vital to be taught.
Where did I trespass? What did I fulfill?
Outside, I hear the calling of a friend,
Long dead, in the bark of a stricken dog.
I've never been much interested in 'modern' art as it generally always presents as either mocking or destructive - rarely uplifting (probably being too generous).
The Left has always stood for the 'marginalized' of society, but they have forgotten good and only live destruction.
Giving them power through money enables their destruction at full speed ahead.
Unfortunately, with size and speed, their wake becomes larger and the destruction affects widely.
Mammon always manages to find the drain.
Yes, this is a tricky one because whereas we can vote with our eyeballs and wallets if, for example, a streaming platform becomes took woke for our tastes, fellowships like this are just handed out with no questions asked and there's nothing we can do about it. Criteria is also tricky, how could ours be defined: "Not woke?" "Traditional values"?
We had better find a way to defend ourselves now. The radical left has a bad habit of eliminating those that they don't like.
"So how did the Left come to dominate the arts, and how can we compete?
Answer: Find a rich dead billionaire, seduce his widow, and plunder his fortune."
And.... this is why it's Katie lock the door time!
Genesius Grant, let's goooo. Make it happen.