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Decadence

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, "A Favorite Poet"

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, “A Favorite Poet”

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Delivered to the H. L. Mencken Club, November 1, 2013

About two years ago, when I was still very young, I bumped into a copy of the abridged version of Arnold Toynbee’s A Study of Historywherein he tried to establish a taxonomy of civilizations, Read more …

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Remembering Gabriele D’Annunzio:
March 12, 1863–March 1, 1938

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gabriele-d-annunzio_a3_2_news_imgToday is the birthday of Gabriele D’Annunzio, novelist, poet, playwright, aesthete, dandy, playboy, war hero, and the first fascist dictator, who from 1919 to 1920 ruled over the Adriatic city-state of Fiume, establishing many of the political and aesthetic forms followed by Mussolini a few years later.  Read more …

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¿Es Decadente el Purismo Racial?

Oswald Spengler, 1880 - 1936

Oswald Spengler, 1880–1936

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Traducción por A. Garrido

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Aquellos que hablan demasiado sobre raza, ya no tienen ninguna”.–Oswald Spengler

Recientemente he pasado una buena cantidad de tiempo releyendo al gran Oswald Spengler: para ilustración general, pero también con un ojo para criticar sus enseñanzas sobre raza, que a la primera lectura me parecieron confusas, bizarras, y peligrosas. Read more …

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Florida Crime Diary
Depravity Begins at Eighty

Antonio Bellucci, "Susanna Assaulted by the Elders"

Antonio Bellucci, “Susanna Assaulted by the Elders”

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Editor’s Note:

Thomas Goodrich is a crime writer, and when he is not writing heart-wrenching accounts of Allied war-crimes (Hellstorm: The Death of Nazi Germany, 1944-1947 [Sheridan, Colorado: Aberdeen Books, 2010]) or Indian atrocities, his restless eye scans the South Florida newspapers for reports on local outrages which may have wider import.

Anyone visiting South Florida in the winter does not need me or the nightly newsreader to inform them that people are living longer. Read more …

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Tristan & Isolde

John William Waterhouse, "Tristan and Isolde Sharing the Potion," 1916

John William Waterhouse, “Tristan and Isolde Sharing the Potion,” 1916

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From D’Annunzio’s novel Il trionfo della morte (The Triumph of Death, 1894)

Translated by V. M. Crawford

Giorgio Aurispa had not forgotten a single episode of his first religious pilgrimage towards the Ideal Theatre; he could recall every instant of his extraordinary emotion in that hour when he had first seen on the fair hillside, at the further extremity of a long leafy avenue, the building dedicated to the supreme festival of Art; he could reconstruct the amphitheater in its solemn vastness, girdled by columns and arches, the mystery of the Mystical Gulf. Read more …

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Weegee

Weegee (New York tabloid photographer Arthur Fellig)

Weegee (New York tabloid photographer Arthur Fellig)

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In a very good Jewish film about Depression-era Irish American gangsters, Road to Perdition (2002), English actor Jude Law played a creepy Irish crime photographer-cum-hit man named Harlen Maguire. Maguire lovingly shoots pictures of dead bodies (including his victims’) at crime scenes.

Though a composite, Law’s character is based in large part on real-life Jewish crime scene photographer “Weegee,” born Ascher Fellig in Austrian Galicia (present-day Ukraine) in 1899. Read more …

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Úvahy o estetické a kulturní postavě dandyho, část 3

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Čandalistické dekadentní figury

Existenciální krize, jež započala zhruba v polovině 18. století, vyústila v nihilismus, který Friedrich Nietzsche s odsudkem charakterizoval jako “vyčerpání života” a “znehodnocení všech hodnot”, projevující se vzrušeným neklidem a neschopností si užívat volného času. Právě tento neklid pak urychlil proces vyčerpání.  Read more …

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Yukio Mishima

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Yukio Mishima, 1925-1970, nasceu Kimitake Hiraoka em uma família de classe média-alta. Autor de uma centena de livros, dramaturgo, e ator, ele foi descrito como o “Leonardo da Vinci do Japão contemporâneo”, e é um dos poucos escritores japoneses a se tornar conhecido e a ser traduzido no Ocidente.  Read more …

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Nietzsche, Physiology, & Transvaluation

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“Whenever the will to power falls off in any way, there will also be physiological decline, decadence. And when the most masculine virtues and drives have been chopped off the god of decadence, he will necessarily turn into a god of the physiologically retrograde, the weak.” – Friedrich Nietzsche[1]

Bourgeois bodies exist only within a matrix of consumption, so much so that even “healthy lifestyles” are merely another marketing niche Read more …

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Le purisme racial est-il décadent ?

Oswald Spengler, 1880-1936

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« Ceux qui parlent trop de race ne l’ont plus en eux. » —Oswald Spengler

J’ai récemment passé pas mal de temps à relire le grand Oswald Spengler : pour l’intérêt général, mais aussi avec un œil critique concernant ses enseignements sur la race, qui semblaient à première vue confus, bizarres et dangereux. Read more …

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