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It’s Complicated

These days when people people ask me what I’ve been up to, the answers can get quite convoluted. So in the absence of a FaceBook account here’s a sampling of some recent projects, and just enough back story to make

Posted in academia, activism, agitprop, archives, art, design, ecology, environment, history, Kanadische Kultur, McLuhan, media, teaching, technology, urbanism

Blueprint for Counter Education Redivivus

I just received word that Paul Cronin, Rob Giampietro, Adam Michaels and Jeffrey T. Schnapp received a generous Graham Foundation grant for an exhibition analyzing and completing the inimitable Blueprint for Counter Education by Maurice R. Stein and Larry Miller, from which I quoted in this recent

Posted in academia, activism, agitprop, archives, art, books, consciousness, design, environment, experience, freedom, history, McLuhan, media, music, politics, teaching, technology

Borges, Duchamp and I

Mark O’Connell’s recent New Yorker blog review of two new books on Jorge Luis Borges opens by sensitively praising the Argentine master’s literary talents, and closes by deeming him politically incorrect. One big problem, in O’Connell’s eyes, is Borges’s failure

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Meditations on a Landscape by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

(Click image to enlarge, and again for more detail.) From the vault, here’s a tiny essay written back in September 1995, my first week at Harvard, for a graduate seminar with the brilliant Joseph Leo Koerner–a class that ended up being

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