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The Art of Cruelty by Maggie Nelson
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Aug 07, 2011

really liked it
Read from August 07 to October 11, 2011

Great study of contemporary art and themes of transgression. A bit heavy on the modern visual art scene, at times overly academic, but still a good study and attempt to take a look at the vexing problem of humankind's predilection with cruelty. I wish she had brought it down to a more socio-cultural analysis, and also explore more of the banality of cruelty and it's normalization as a cultural and political meme.

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08/07/2011 page 131
45.0% "Started out great, many references to online avant-garde, but seems to be slipping....out of my hands. Maybe it'll return to initial promises of essays 5 & 6, which are brilliant."

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