the difference between life and lifestyle
Post #640 • October 6, 2005, 12:52 PM • 30 Comments
A good read in which Michael Kimmelman redeems himself somewhat in my estimation, and Stephen Metcalf writes:
I don't think what I felt when I saw the Rembrandt was "mediated desire." What I felt when I saw the signature was: "Huh, this whole art thing - maybe it's not such a fraud." To an even greater extent, your friend Alex's book collection so lacked a signature that its dignity as a private memorial act was total. When you discovered that Alex's father had preserved it, the discovery didn't enter you into a market relation with Alex's father, or with the memory of Alex; no "value" was assigned, no desire excited or extinguished; it was something closer to a communion, if I hear you right.