Is art a reflection of life? Do people respond to an artwork when they see something of themselves in it? These popular explanations of art’s appeal have the dullness of cliché, yet they throw sparks when they cross wires with Instagram. Social media gives a loose and mutable form to life, with profiles, portraits, and updates that verbalize and visualize its incremental changes. If the mirror creates an image of the self, then social media… [read more »]
I will tell you about a gif. A small dog—a wiener dog—and a cat are sitting on their hind legs, facing each other. The dog reaches out with his paw and strokes the cat’s chest. “Oh, you have such nice fur, cat!” says the dog. (The gif has captions.) “SO NICE!” The dog continues to stroke. “AND FLUFFY!” The cat lifts a paw and places it on the dog’s chest, firmly enough to push him back slightly and force him to put both his paws down for balance. “Dude,” says the cat. “Fuck off.”
Cats are hermetic. Cats observe quietly. Cats keep their distance from strangers.
Dogs want to know everyone. Dogs are joyful. The love of dogs is abundant.
Cats love but they take their time with it. The kisses and caresses of cats are rewards for intimacy and for care.
Dogs want to kiss everyone. Dogs want to know the smell of every ass.
Cats are private animals. They stay inside. Even outdoor cats of the suburbs tend to mind the boundaries of their backyard.
Dogs are public. Dogs have to go outside. Even if they have a backyard to run around in they still want to go for long walks. They want to go to the park; they want to frolic among strange people and strange dogs. They long to immerse themselves in the scents of strange asses.hemselves in the scents of strange asses.