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allegory of the cave: the dialectic of the image is thus

I first read Plato’s Republic in high school during my senior year, just months before I moved to the East Village with some friends back in the late 1970’s. It was a great entry to so many things: philosophy in general; political philosophy in particular; ideas about government; ethics—and a fascinating look into the politics … Continue reading

a friend at the binder gets me a peek/it’s almost as good as being there…

So here I am in Brooklyn on this hot and sultry day. I get an email from my friend, the photographer and curator Machiel Botman. He’s in Amsterdam and he’s over at a book binder (Van Waarden—Machiel says “the best in Holland”) looking to get material to make a final dummy for a book he’s doing … Continue reading

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