The Conspiracy of Good Taste.Stefan Szczelkun

This is a redrafted edition of Stefan’s tirade against classism. The life and activity of three leading mediators of working class culture are considered in separate chapters. These are William Morris, Cecil Sharp and Clough Williams-Ellis. A theory of oppression that may be new to some readers is given before tracing the philosophical justifications of good taste as a signifier of social class in Britain and Germany. This is brought into the C20th with a review of Pierre Bourdieu’s sociological critique of good taste: ‘Distinction’. 

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Some kind of Italy: Mario, Jacopo and the cherry tree.


Inclined as I am to a chronic indolence, I should enjoy those Italian moments, by my own, by my parents-in-law, by the shadowy side of the green, while I am eating cherries.
And I do enjoy them (moments ans cherries), with a sort of intimate delay (should I say I did?), writing down disorderly sketches of my Italian journey.

A different inclination, more courageous, endured the cherry tree since 1994, when a tremendous lightning – out of a memorable storm – hit its log.

Grandpa Mario planted the cherry tree when Cristiana, first of his six grandchildren, was born. Mario, ninety years old, gently and slowly is now heading to his tree, to me and Jacopo, his great-grandchild.

Walked by his daughter, with the aid of a cane, a bit stooped and with humid blue eyes, Mario is looking at Jacopo, somehow lost in his thoughts… thoughts, we can only guess.

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BLU paints new controversial mural in Chiomonte, Italy



Italian artist BLU was recently in Chiomonte Italy where he experienced the arrest and conviction of four No Tav activists found guilty of “corruption” and initially accused of terrorism (charges expired), the same happened now a couple of weeks ago to Lucio Alberti Graziano Mazzarelli and Francesco Sala who were accused of vandalism, possession of weapon and violence against the police.
The conflict between police forces, political authorities and railway companies on the one hand and protesters, anarchists, environmental groups, militants five stars youth and community centres, on the other has lasted for years and it doesn’t seem to come and end.
BLU’s original idea was to paint the mural near the center, but the police, perhaps fearing new riots, decided to surround the area and keep it guarded. The only option at the moment was along a railway underpass where he painted The Train, The Serpent and The Capital featuring a snake that swallows itself in the form…

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