I make a mini ceremony of opening my post. The mailman usually arrives mid-morning and Our Alice will sort the envelopes; bundles for Old Spouse, Grandy and me. Mine gets left in a toast-rack in the kitchen and I only open it the next morning, with my second cup of coffee of the day and my first cigarette. I open bills first, then the rest, saving letters from friends and family for last. (I love having pen pals, feel free to send me your address if you too still live in a Luddite world).

There are usually invitations to things (I subscribe to many art galleries) and I received one this morning that just made me cross. The blurb was so pretentious that I almost ditched my coffee in favour of the cooking sherry!

“In ‘Category Error’, the pleasure of subverting socially constructed categories through re-presentation is explored. Encyclopediac views and master narratives are put under the microscope. Using found objects and images, domestic archives and repetitive technologies, nostalgia for a pre-digital era is ironically undercut.”

What a load of hooey!


18 Comments Add yours

  1. Lyndatjie says:

    Huh? Hmmm… can we have it in English now please?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Είναι όλα τα ελληνικά μου!

  2. anotherdayinparadise says:

    Not surprised you needed a drink after reading that junk Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      En ymmärtänyt sanaa!

  3. I would have opted for the cooking sherry AND the merlot!

    1. izziedarling says:

      What? It should have arrived taped to a bottle of 100-proof something!

    2. theonlycin says:

      Une bouteille pleine des deux !

  4. Madmom says:

    Grrrrr. Enough to put a person off the exhibition.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ich würde lieber gehen und würde eine Kneipe einsaugen!

  5. adair says:

    LOL! I have a mental picture of what someone who writes like this must look like?Ha-ha.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Myślę, że on sam będzie nosić a ekstrawaganckiej kapelusz?

  6. slpmartin says:

    Oh, my…and someone got paid to write that…once at the university we had a fellow working as an external supervisor of our students… he would write similar statements…so we put together a letter using a federal buzz word list…three columns with numbers by each word…someone would call out a three digit number and the corresponding phrase was inserted into the letter…the fellow found the letter we wrote ‘quite insightful’…sounds like he’s working in your country now. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      bwhahaha, priceless!

  7. adeeyoyo says:

    Hahaha – Maybe someone should tell him/her what the purpose of communication is. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Doubt he/she would get the message.

      1. adeeyoyo says:


  8. nrhatch says:

    Aah . . . the irony of it all!

    A sharp undercut to pretentious tripe!

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