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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

The Problem with the German Word for Art


there is no way around the fact that kunst sounds
like the painfully slow sucking in of breath
before the villain blows the hero away
with a little pistol,
hidden in the boot, unsuspected after
the exchange of blows, the effort
to wrestle meaning out of vision, saving
the lady called “beauty,”
avoiding that temptress “the sublime.”
of course this is my opinion; some think differently.
they would, the old bastards.
I’m glad they’re gone.

Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft currently teaches at the University of California-Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in European Intellectual History in 2009. His essays on food and contemporary culture have been published widely in magazines and journals such as Gastronomica, Meatpaper and many others. His academic work focuses on the history of continental philosophy, critical theory and public intellectual life.