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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Michelangelo Buys Figs, parts 1908 - 1911

 1908. Finally we arrive at the sense of taste. That sense will have to be preserved however if one is to go on existing at all. It can certainly come under attack over and over again with elaborate fasts that begin on a certain day, and extend through to the end of the month. The more devout persons can extend their fasts till they look like those Buddha’s with ribs like wicker baskets.

1909. But the sense of taste has to exert itself in the end because without it we would dwindle down to nothing.

1910. Looked at in this way, one can come to the conclusion that the experience of life itself, which really only consists of the awareness of the world through the machinery God gave us to understand it with, is denied by any attempt to silence or deny the physical senses. I would like to say to those people, “Be patient, you are going to have all of eternity to enjoy nothingness, why be in such a hurry to start. 

1911. Professor Buboni was really getting himself worked up with his lecture about the obscure church in Rome, so I thought I might throttle him back a little by asking him an apparently benign question, and one which came up naturally as a result of all that he had said about art in the past. My question was this, “How does this story about Michelangelo and LIndaco, about the importance of religious imagery to religion, relate to your Theory of Destructivism.

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