Friday, January 26, 2007

When Hellenism Freezes Over



























...is when I'll buy into the classics trend. ARTfully, INTELLIGENTly, what other buzz words are there? Oh, yes: RICHly grouped together with the Romanticism trend come Hellenism (Neoclassicism), Nationalism, Traditionalism, England in the late 18th and early 19th century, European aristocracy, blah blah blah...these are what's "in" (it's all part of the '80s trend, btw). Of course, you knew that already. That's why The Secret and Law of Attraction and Newton are back and dress sizes are going way up (and being standardized), the books we're reading are all along those "how the rich really live" lines, Disney's showing more and more images of our differences by flashing us back to the past (golliwog, anyone?), and every country (my mom told me about one going on in Japan, too) has their own nationalistic trend going on right now ("time to redefine who we are as a PEOPLE". Can we say creation of generalizations and stereotypes?!!). The bigger the better, what's more is more, etc...all ironic because Romanticism came about as revolt AGAINST the materialism, the aristocratic social norms of the Age of Reason (Enlightenment period) and the rationalization of nature (you mean, like using nature as a reason to keep certain people stereotyped as being lesser somehow?). Not that I'm gungho about the so-called romantic sensualization of violence against women depicted in Romantic art, either, but I love The Killers, so...Anyway, I thought time had come to let my romantic side come out in full force and redefine which types of perfumes are the most romantic of all, but I'll just say I'm wearing Chanel No.22, which I guess could smell romantic, being floral and all. What's OK to do with things isn't good to do with people, and yet we go on labeling and judging and dividing people into groups...why? Let's make this new millenium of OURS different from the past--make it a peaceful one that reflects our values.

It's freakin' 9F (feels like -5F) in NYC.
Music: TARSHA "Dirty" (from 'Prophecies' CD)

(Image: Painting by Eugène Delacroix. The Death of Sardanapalus. 1827-1828. Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France)