Thursday, August 18, 2022


Konstantin Stanislavski in Le Malade Imaginaire (1913)

Caricaturists are born with the desire to tear people apart. Daumier liked to dechirer. The method is a kind of hyperbole such as that used by Ben Jonson in Volpone and The Alchemist and particularly by Moliere le chef des caricaturistes.Tartuffe satirizes not only the hypocrisy of a religionist bit all those who follow his cult. Le Malade Imaginaire, Moliere's last play (and the one where he himself collapsed and died on stage) takes on a hypochondriac. You’ve undoubtedly met them. Molieres most complex caricature was Alceste a misanthrope who makes his own disappointment with life a self-fulfilling prophecy by only seeking those things he can’t have. If you find yourself having imaginary conversations in your head with a world of fools then you probably qualify for the post graduate program in caricature at The New School. 

read "What is Philosophy? by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "The Way You Do the Things You Do" by The Temptations (1965)

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