3 Things for Yesterday- Kaprow on Pollock, Cascal, and Holden Caufield's Museum

by - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

1. Allan Kaprow on Jackson Pollock- Probably in my top 3 favorite art historical essays of all time. Go read it; his argument about Pollock is so beautifully spot on, and he identified trends that would absolutely take over art in America for the second half of the 20th century. This essay reminds me that I can never leave art history completely, because I just love it too much.

2.Paella at Cascal- Mmmmm... We are starting to eat all our favorite California grub before we head out (practically only a month left! So crazy!) Cascal has the best paella. We go and just eat the paella and nothing else, which they never too crazy about, but it is delicious, so there you go.

3. Catcher in the Rye on the love and sadness of museums-

"The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move. You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole, with their pretty antlers and their pretty, skinny legs, and that squaw with the naked bosom would still be weaving that same blanket. Nobody'd be different. The only thing that would be different would be you. Not that you'd be so much older or anything. It wouldn't be that, exactly. You'd just be different, that's all. You'd have an overcoat on this time. Or the kid that was your partner i nline the last time had got scarlet fever and you'd have a new partner. Or you'd have a substitute taking the class, instead of Miss Aigletinger. Or you'd heard your mother and father having a terrific fight in the bathroom. Or you'd just passed by one of those puddles in the street with gasoline rainbows in them. I mean you's be different in some way-- I can't explain what I mean. And even if I could, I am not sure I'd feel like it."

I understand this feeling so well! Then, Holden really clinches it:

"Certain things they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone. I know that's impossible, but it's too bad anyway."

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