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Dec 19, 2014 Matthew Stadler commented on Seattle Rep's Epic LBJ Play The Great Society Tries to Contain Too Much History in Too Little Time.
I was born before all of this happened. I witnessed these events as a conscious and thinking person, and I find this to be an excellent critical review of a what appears to be a very "worth reviewing" play. I'm glad we do not ask reviewers to have witnessed all of the history informing the art they review.
Mar 27, 2014 Matthew Stadler commented on Twitter Is Great Because of Its Limitations.
I agree completely. "Images sell shit." So, the question is, what if we want to do something other than sell (or buy) shit? Text is a marvelous medium for these other possible relations.
Nov 9, 2012 Matthew Stadler commented on Western Bridge Melts into the Air.
I'm uplifted by this. It's so good to see the transitory celebrated as the site of meaning and value. Permanence is overrated. Western Bridge has been lovely. What next?
Aug 24, 2012 Matthew Stadler commented on Short Film Fridays.
Strange echoes here of Bruce Benderson's 2009 novel, PACIFIC AGONY: a jaundiced travelogue by a writer assigned to tour this region of the West, heavily annotated by his editor and annotator Narcissa Whitman Applegate.
Aug 8, 2012 Matthew Stadler commented on The King Cat Theater Looks to Be Closed.
I remember getting into R-rated movies at the King Cinema, when I was TOO YOUNG! Then it was nothing. I didn't even know what The King Cat Theater was when Bettie Serveert, a Dutch band I loved, showed up in Seattle in 1997 and played there. I had pleasant flashbacks. Who knew?
Jun 21, 2012 Matthew Stadler commented on Today in State Surveillance: Artist Jill Magid.
Jill Magid is a remarkable artist and writer. In Portland, we've just published the book that is the centerpiece of her current shows at Honor Fraser and Gallery Yvon Lambert (Paris), FAILED STATES.…
May 17, 2012 Matthew Stadler commented on Dog Fucking a Chicken.
You call that fucking?
May 14, 2012 Matthew Stadler commented on Enough of the Human Scale: Taller Is Better.
@15 Disagree! That is, if I understand you correctly. Has rational planning or technical or utilitarian consideration of these questions yielded any results that we'd want to live with, really? I think not! It's time to give free rein to the real genius of the human mind—the imagination, the poetic and aesthetic sense, all that is weird and significant (to site @2)—and start designing cities, economies, and lives with no regard for technical or utilitarian considerations. Rational planners, you've had your turn. Look at the mess you've made. Get out of the way!
May 14, 2012 Matthew Stadler commented on Enough of the Human Scale: Taller Is Better.
Also, @4, you, and I'm sure Charles, must know that wonderfully dystopian elaboration on skyscraper living, J.G. Ballard's nightmarish HIGH RISE. Things go poorly in the high rise...
May 14, 2012 Matthew Stadler commented on Enough of the Human Scale: Taller Is Better.
@2, oh I completely agree with your appetite for how significant and weird humanity is. But I think skyscrapers are a relatively crude and wasteful way to get there, like getting ice cubes by dragging an iceberg around with you. Most of the skyscraper is sheer background. Human weirdness can play out horizontally too, so that all of it is ultimately part of our experience. Constant, the Dutch architect, made his bizarre "New Babylon,"… and there's Archigram's "Plug-In City," which while not strictly horizontal, made the vertical into something other than an inaccessible backdrop.…