New Criticals

He was so cool, aggressively — Fairfield Porter

Today, we seek clarity but question certainty. What does certainty have to do with the current order, and why do I care? I think that there’s a current surge in interest in the occult — a look into, a summoning of the unseen, the unknown, the diffuse, the ethereal, the messy, the loose, the unrigid, and whatever initiates vulnerability — in lieu of the macho certitude that plagued previous centuries, from business tycoons to novelists to painters.