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Couldn’t Do It Today

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

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The Trendiness Trend

Paleo Retiree writes: Could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that this is the first time I’ve run across the adjective “trendy” being used (non-ironically, anyway) as an enticement. Is calling something “trendy” and meaning it as praise becoming a trend?

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Fuck Clement Greenberg

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In discussions of literature and architecture, I still come across would-be intellectuals who invoke art critic Clement Greenberg’s distinction between the avant-garde and kitsch. Of course, for such people avant-garde is doubleplusgood, while kitsch is one small step … Continue reading

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Open Wide

Paleo Retiree writes: Why are so many young women these days going around with their mouths wide open in an expression that seems to be half shock-of-amazement, half giant-smile? I have few memories of this particular expression playing much of a … Continue reading

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Ads Everywhere 6

Paleo Retiree writes: That’s an ad on the plastic credit-card style room key we’re using at a Tucson hotel. In addition to being a little insulting, the visuals make the key hard to read where its main function goes: I … Continue reading

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Vintage Advertising Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Ad for Tussy Medicare acne cream, 1959 Click on the image to enlarge.

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Mixed Messages

epiminondas writes: Yes, I understand that different cultures communicate ideas in ways that sometimes seem strange to us. Particularly when taken out of context. Recently, while traveling in Chile, I stopped at a gas station and saw this ad in … Continue reading

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Art Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: A railway ad by Alphonse Mucha, 1897

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Picture Quality

Fenster writes: That ol’ vampire squid, Goldman Sachs, has for a while been running an ad campaign that attempts to put the firm’s accomplishments in the best possible light.  To paraphrase Dr. Johnson on the subject of a dog walking … Continue reading

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Ralphs’ New Campaign

Paleo Retiree writes: At my previous place of blogging I often marveled at what I called “nonsense brackets” — the tendency many graphic designers have these days of inserting parenthesis marks or brackets into their work for no grammatical/linguistic reason. … Continue reading

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