et Cetera

A quarterly journal of artistic essays and art criticism.

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 1, January

A Music Concert as a Metaphor
I attended a concert last week that was a metaphor. It was a concert by the Dark Star Orchestra, who recreate entire concerts performed years ago by the Grateful Dead.The concert recreates the exact playlists and sounds of those long-ago concerts, we...
In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa
Gerald W. Haslam with Janice E. Haslam. In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2011.This book traces the enthralling life of the first editor of ETC, S. I Hayakawa, a man who greatly popularized...
No One Saw This Coming: Korzybski's Concerns, Predictions, and Time-Binding Suggestions
Technology in its diverse expressions is democratizing our human interactions at personal, societal, and international levels. This is going on not just in the usual political sense of democracy, but by making more available to the masses what historically...
The Form of Things to Come: A Review of Media and Formal Cause
Few works will more thoroughly reinvigorate interest in the ideas of Marshall McLuhan and potentially reorient the way that people think about the whole of his thought than the wonderful little book, Media and Formal Cause. This slim collection of four...