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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Monday: Jeremy Blake at SDMA, Aaron Sorkin, and Vampires

The San Diego Museum of Art's Animated Painting exhibit is getting a lot of press. Robert Pincus' review in the Union-Tribune calls it "one of the most ambitious exhibitions of contemporary art" the museum has ever mounted. Also, Leah Ollman writes about it in yesterday's LA Times . I hope to see it soon. Have any of you already seen it? Send your impressions. One other note for Culture Lust readers: I've written here about the double suicide of artist Jeremy Blake and his long-time girlfriend, Theresa Duncan. Jeremy Blake's work is featured in this show. The New York Times has a feature on Aaron Sorkin's new play The Farnsworth Invention , which recently workshopped here at the La Jolla Playhouse's Page to Stage program. I saw it then and while I appreciate Sorkin's dialogue and sensibility, I was skeptical that even he could make what is essentially a patent case interesting theater. To my surprise, he succeeded and I liked it very much. The article is fun because it reminds San Diegans that our city has often served as a laboratory for Broadway-bound theater.

Here's an extremely glowing review of the new Radiohead album, In Rainbows .

Also, a plea from Isreali novelist Amos Oz for more reading, especially as a way to mend cultural bridges. This is an excerpt from a speech so there are some hokey moments, but I also found it inspiring.


The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is working hard to prove that movie vampires, ghosts and zombies don't exist in real life. Their strategy? Lots of graphs and diagrams and scientific proofs. Case in point:

We conclude that vampires cannot exist, since their existence would contradict the existence of human beings. Incidentally, the logical proof that we just presented is of a type known as reductio ad absurdum, that is, "reduction to the absurd." Another philosophical principle related to our argument is the truism given the elaborate title, the anthropic principle. This states that if something is necessary for human existence then it must be true since we do exist. In the present case, the nonexistence of vampires is necessary for human existence. Apparently, whoever devised the vampire legend had failed his college algebra and philosophy courses.

To which I say, whatever. Every party has a pooper.

Were any of you at the Yo La Tengo show last night at MCASD ? What a rare treat it was...