Author Archives: Blowhard, Esq.

About Blowhard, Esq.

Amateur, dilettante, wannabe.


Blowhard, Esq. writes: Performance artist Maria Abramovic’s next piece will be a non-performance. Or maybe her non-performance is itself a performance? Contemporary art, bro. Vagina art. Like the Elgin Marbles returning to Greece. A long, throbbing list of penis euphemisms. What … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Catedral de la Almudena, Madrid, Spain. Source. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Movie Still Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Greta Garbo and John Gilbert in FLESH AND THE DEVIL (1927) Click on the image to enlarge.

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Poem Du Jour: “Roman Wall Blues” by W.H. Auden

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Over the heather the wet wind blows,I’ve lice in my tunic and a cold in my nose.The rain comes pattering out of the sky,I’m a Wall soldier, I don’t know why.The mist creeps over the hard grey stone,My … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Imam Mosque, Isfahan, Iran Click on the image to enlarge.

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Architecture Du Jour: Hôtel de Ville, Paris

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The Hôtel de Ville in Paris, 1871, after it was burned by the Paris Commune. The Hôtel de Ville today. Click on the images to enlarge.

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Music Du Jour: Chvrches

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I don’t know what outré group I’m now associated with (hipsters? emo? Confederate Army?) but I’ve been listening to the new Chvrches* album nonstop. A trio from Glasgow, Scotland, they make danceable synth pop with great vocal melodies … Continue reading

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Lyrics Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Published in 1916. Nobody ever sings about the bad girls, because the bad girls are sad, And ev’ry body sings about the good girls, because the good girls are glad. Till you’ve been round ‘em once or twice, … Continue reading

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Art Du Jour: Egypt and The Holy Land

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Via Bauman Rare Books: Inquisitive Western minds first glimpsed the mysteries of Egypt and the Middle East in detail through David Roberts’ folio-sized Holy Land, issued in 41 parts from 1842 to 1849 and containing 250 full-page hand-colored lithographs … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of an Ancient Athenian Citizen

Blowhard, Esq. writes: It’s the 5th century BC. Because Athens’s allies pay the city tribute (i.e. protection money in exchange for Athens shielding them from the Persians), you are sufficiently wealthy that you don’t need to work for a living. You … Continue reading

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