Monday, July 28, 2008


"The Gnomon Show" at Railroad Earth on Saturday was apparently unattended by any of the blogging public, so I shall self-advertise that the multimedia combination successfully re-invented the Chautauqua for the twenty-first century, though whether the genre needed to be brought back is dependent on whether anybody had missed the notion of live performance combining lecture, poetry, video, digital images, and sensory overload with ideas tacked on as an essential component, the paradoxical combination being essential to the nature of the Chautauqua in a time in which live performance is an anachronism pursued only by obsolete hipsters and antique elders, for opposite but possibly equal reactive reasons.

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