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  1. I'll agree with JBI. Good to see you are still...

    I'll agree with JBI. Good to see you are still around.
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    When evaluating the merit of a given artist in...

    When evaluating the merit of a given artist in any field, one considers the scale and breadth of their work. Scale is not limited to number. Haydn wrote many more symphonies... even many more great...
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    Shakespeare is the greatest writer that I know...

    Shakespeare is the greatest writer that I know (IMO)... yet there are many writers including Dante, Virgil, Homer, Ovid, Milton, Tolstoy, Ferdowsi, Goethe, etc... who are not far behind... and who...
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    Indeed. I would have to question how well anyone...

    Indeed. I would have to question how well anyone knows Dante or Virgil if he can seriously make an attempt to reduce them to "one hit wonders". Attempting to so minimize the achievement of the Aeneid...
  5. Laurence Sterne- The Life and Opinions of...

    Laurence Sterne- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
    William Faulkner- As I Lay Dying
    Gore Vidal- Myra Breckinridge
    John Kennedy Toole- A Confederacy of Dunces
    Flannery O'Connor-...
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    J.K. Huysmans- rebours
    Marcel Proust- In Search of Lost Time
    Theophile Gautier- Stories and/or Poems
    Walter Pater- The Renaissance
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    The art site that both I and MortalTerror...

    The art site that both I and MortalTerror frequent is Wet Canvas. It was at one time among the 10 largest and most active forums (on any topic) on the net, and remains likely the biggest forum...
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    Haydn was one of the great innovators of Western...

    Haydn was one of the great innovators of Western Classical Music. He essentially consolidated the key elements of the symphony and the string quartet... and was a major composer in each genre. Yet...
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    I would also look into any of Elisabeth...

    I would also look into any of Elisabeth Wallfisch' recordings of Telemann's violin concertos:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OQ0jPy8FrQ
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    Haydn was incredibly prolific. Beyond his 104...

    Haydn was incredibly prolific. Beyond his 104 symphonies he composed 13 operas (although only the last few are ever performed and no where near the level of Mozart's efforts), 68 string quartets, 45...
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    Richard Wilbur is still alive (95) and one of the...

    Richard Wilbur is still alive (95) and one of the great American classicists. Definitely look into him. I would also suggest Anthony Hecht's The Darkness and the Light (2001). Anne Carson and...
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    I would initially crop Mortal's suggestions...

    I would initially crop Mortal's suggestions down... although he's the "classicist".

    Homer- The Iliad and The Odyssey (I would go with either Richmond Lattimore or Robert Fagles... although...
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    Disappearing members no longer surprise me. Among...

    Disappearing members no longer surprise me. Among the members I spent a good deal of time interacting with, I would need to include:

    Annamariah
    Aramis
    blazeofglory
    Buh4Bee
    cafolini...
  14. There are dozens of lists of great books or...

    There are dozens of lists of great books or classics available online or otherwise:

    https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/l/literature/bloom/complete.html#C

    http://www.alistofbooks.com/
    ...
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    There's a long history of sports and athletes in...

    There's a long history of sports and athletes in art going back to the ancient Greeks (and beyond). It was a norm in Ancient Greece for athletes to exercise and compete in the nude... especially in...
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    Yes... I have a couple of entries on Mucha in my...

    Yes... I have a couple of entries on Mucha in my blog:

    https://tmblr.co/ZWG98rqRyJAT

    https://tmblr.co/ZWG98r1KziPGv
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    This is a controversial point in art theory. ...

    This is a controversial point in art theory.

    "Controversial" indeed. The theories of Art pour l'Art and Formalism developed initially as a rejection of the notion that art can or should be judged...
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    I am not a fan of sports but the aesthetic aspect...

    I am not a fan of sports but the aesthetic aspect of it interests me. I know there is ornamental gym, there are body building techniques but that is about all I know about it. It would be nice to...
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    Why did painting become more dominant than...

    Why did painting become more dominant than sculpture in the Renaissance though, to the point where some artists would disrespect sculpture with a quote like that?

    Leonardo argued that painting was...
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    Tammuz- ...visual art objects are materially...

    Tammuz- ...visual art objects are materially fixed, can be received without any intermediary activity of interpreters/performers, and need not to be translated into imagination...

    This is...
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    From the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans (as...

    From the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans (as well as non-Western cultures such as India, China, and Japan) on through the Middle-Ages, the Visual Arts were largely seen within the context of...
  22. America's "Literary Culture" is largely...

    America's "Literary Culture" is largely Anglo-European. What do "we" think of as making up the foundation of literature in the US? Probably not much that is overly different from Western Europe......
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    The reasons for the Electoral College has much...

    The reasons for the Electoral College has much more to do with the fear of the founders of some populist outsider being elected by a less than well educated populace (which some might suggest is...
  24. Top Five American Books (novels): 1. Herman...

    Top Five American Books (novels):

    1. Herman Melville- Moby Dick
    2. Mark Twain- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    3. William Faulkner- As I Lay Dying
    4. F. Scott Fitzgerald- The Great Gatsby...
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    Not so raucous as I had to work the next day....

    Not so raucous as I had to work the next day. Besides, I spent the evening watching my beloved Cleveland Indians ultimately lose the World Series. Actually the final out didn't occur until November...
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