Garden Disputes: Postmodern Beauty and the Sublime Neighbor: A Response to Judy Lochhead's "The Sublime, the Ineffable, and Other Dangerous Aesthetics"

Garden Disputes: Postmodern Beauty and the Sublime Neighbor: A Response to Judy Lochhead's "The... Garden Disputes Postmodern Beauty and the Sublime Neighbor A Response to Judy Lochhead's "The Sublime, the Ineffable, and Other Dangerous Aesthetics" James Robert Currie t may surprise some of you to know that Theodor Adorno authored the following: "Every thought resembles play." For those who feel that thought should remain beholden unto the job at hand, "divergence from the facts becomes mere wrongness, the moment of play a luxury in a world where the intellectual functions have to account for their every moment with a stop-watch."1 Well, the stopwatch is definitely on, another academic year having begun for me but a week ago; the facial lines (wrinkles) that summer's play had erased have recrevassed themselves. But before the semester's work turns every sentence I write into a mere function of a deadline, I'd like to create a bit of outrage in your scholarly imaginations (to invoke Kant on the sublime) and waste your time by playing about with something other than what I immediately ought.2 It will be like eating dessert first--beautiful, perhaps. Although I seem committed to presenting myself as arch and urbane, I am in fact a fan of gardens and gardening. It is one of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture University of Nebraska Press

Garden Disputes: Postmodern Beauty and the Sublime Neighbor: A Response to Judy Lochhead's "The Sublime, the Ineffable, and Other Dangerous Aesthetics"

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Garden Disputes Postmodern Beauty and the Sublime Neighbor A Response to Judy Lochhead's "The Sublime, the Ineffable, and Other Dangerous Aesthetics" James Robert Currie t may surprise some of you to know that Theodor Adorno authored the following: "Every thought resembles play." For those who feel that thought should remain beholden unto the job at hand, "divergence from the facts becomes mere wrongness, the moment of play a luxury in a world where the intellectual functions have to account for their every moment with a stop-watch."1 Well, the stopwatch is definitely on, another academic year having begun for me but a week ago; the facial lines (wrinkles) that summer's play had erased have recrevassed themselves. But before the semester's work turns every sentence I write into a mere function of a deadline, I'd like to create a bit of outrage in your scholarly imaginations (to invoke Kant on the sublime) and waste your time by playing about with something other than what I immediately ought.2 It will be like eating dessert first--beautiful, perhaps. Although I seem committed to presenting myself as arch and urbane, I am in fact a fan of gardens and gardening. It is one of

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Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and CultureUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Oct 29, 2008

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