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April 03, 2006



1. Related. 2. This interview has the sound of a highly edited e-mail exchange, not the product of conversation. If it is, well, there are finer attributes one could possess than a conversational tone that sounds like an art magazine on autopilot.


Whenever I read a quote like that, the Monty Python "Crunchy Frog" sketch comes to mind:

Mr. Milton: Terry Jones
Inspector Praline: John Cleese

Milton: We use only the finest baby frogs, dew picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope and lovingly frosted with glucose.

Praline: That's as maybe, it's still a frog.

So, Tara Donovan, that's as maybe, it's still a vacuum cleaner.



This interview has the sound of a highly edited e-mail exchange, not the product of conversation.

To be fair, that's basically what it is, and one must assume that in real life Donovan does not sound like quite the humorless art machine she comes across as here. I'm also sure that the Teuton had her own hopes, fears, and frailities, however little of them were apparent to me, especially at that time.


Very funny JL. Teuton now lives alone, in a small village, high in the Alps, with the professors child. And your still at it, writing a very successful column, read and enjoyed by millions!


read and enjoyed by millions!

Well, not quite millions.


I should note for the record that the above shouldn't be taken as a comment on grad school as a whole. Once I fled the Teuton's Happy Hunting Ground, I had some very positive and pleasant experiences elsewhere in academia. For that matter, if Donovan's interview had been labelled a "questionnaire", I probably wouldn't have reacted to it as I did. But I expect some sense of personality from an interview, and found it lacking.


Enjoyed by thousands! I'm proud to be one of them.

Note to self: when Artnet interviews me, try not to suppress all vestiges of social warmth.

Come to think of it, the interview could represent a kind of awkwardness - professionalism as a cover for fear. That's reading in too much, though.


SM doesn't count yr RSS-based fans. I get my kicks on, uh, Modern Kicks.


SM doesn't count yr RSS-based fans.

I'm not really sure how many of them there are. Which raises another point: I consider the fact that RSS readers can opt out of actually visiting the site and getting logged to be deeply annoying. How am I supposed to get my (only slightly creepy) kicks out of looking at my stats if people are allowed to do that? Even worse is the option for Bloglines readers to not be public subscribers. The gall of it.


In the 70s, I had an ancient art history prof (from Brown) who looked just like this eyeless, hollow head with a bun from ancient art... I want to say Assyrian but that might not be right... around that place and era. Anyway, she looked JUST like her.

She was a great art history prof.

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