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The So Beautiful Season

Adam Gopnik wrote a piece in January 8, 2007 edition of The New Yorker titled, The Unbeautiful Game. It was about the issue of football stats and why they haven

9 Responses to “The So Beautiful Season”

  1. martin says:

    Dave are you high?

  2. Blackcloud says:

    Never in a million years would I have expected to see Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht mentioned on this blog.

  3. Lota says:

    “self-indulgent orgy can not be fought”
    ick. not a nice image Dave.
    well I watch them to see the clothes, especially the men’s suits for sinister reasons of my own, swig out of a hip flask, then wait for the vicious partygoers around me rip on the pageantry.
    I actually rather see Prince’s halftime show again. At least there was some element of surprise in that!

  4. David Poland says:

    Why high?
    Please grace us with an idea, Martin.

  5. Blackcloud says:

    Wouldn’t this work better as an argument for why we watch movies? I’m not sure how it fits with the Oscars, which don’t seem to fit the criteria that Gumbrecht is applying. Those criteria being, as far as I can gather, the categories of aesthetic experience established by Kant in the Kritik der Urteilskraft.
    I never thought I’d see Kant discussed on this blog, either.

  6. David Poland says:

    Movies don’t really have winners and losers. The Oscars, like sports, do. No?

  7. Blackcloud says:

    That is so, but I don’t think the “happy absorption in someone else

  8. jeffmcm says:

    While the idea that fandom is an extension of connecting to the art/artist sounds understandable and very human, there comes a point where it’s not really productive anymore. You wouldn’t treat Beethoven or Mozart as racehorses and we shouldn’t be casting great directors like Scorsese and Eastwood into this kind of competitive drama either. Of course, we all do it anyway, but…it strikes me as problematic.
    Martin, every few months DP gets all contemplative-like.

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