Friday, October 15, 2010


Orthodox. Makes me think of rigidly conservative. This is a good thing with styles of food preparation and champagne. Truth in labeling. But in social mores and expectations, out of touch, living in the idealized past. Orthodox religion and politics = built-in conflict, no compromise, no acceptance of change.

Unorthodox. Flexible, eclectic. To me, a good connotation. The James Bond and Clint Eastwood style. Understands orthodox, but gets around it. Whatever it takes, make it happen. Whatever works. Dissidence, overt or covert.  Bohemians usually fall under this aegis and ethos.

Heterodox. A rarer name for unorthodox, really. Which reminds me of a cool but still little-known group in NYC that formed even before the Great War and lasted until World War II, Heterdoxy. I'd like to find Judith Schwarz' Radical Feminists of Heterodoxy: Greenwich Village, 1912-1940 (Revised, 1986).

Paradox. Tricky. Counterintuitive stuff. "I always lie." "I never tell the truth." Its cousin is the anomaly, that which subverts the dominant and most widely accepted paradigm.  

At top: G. W. Pabst's Die Büchse der Pandora / Pandora's Box (1929), starring Louise Brooks.

Today's Rune: Possessions.


the walking man said...

Pair of Docs is what i am going to need by the time this damn election season is over.

Charles Gramlich said...

One thing that troubles me at times, though is "change for change sake." I don't think that's terribly effective.

Anonymous said...

IF the Tea Party is a grassroots rebellion why are all their candidates in bed with Republicans? Or has the GOP absorbed them for their own use, a return to the good old days when they were in power. What does either group have to offer the people? One just bitches and does not have plans to solve any of the nations problems, the other says it has reformed itself and will be good.
No they just want to be in power.

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