<< For meme adepts: This whole process may be expressed in arcane Japanese as "kyoka denshi miuri" () or memetic child-buying . Many struggling crafts people (and a few simply swinish ones) were induced to sell their memetic offspring as well as their biological children into other homes, names or commercial prostitution. It sounds pathetic but it worked out pretty well for everyone.
First off, it gave the rulers a rep. After the master class (kingly or corporate) lost its creative potency, it simply bought up new founts of seminal influence, pumped out an ersatz legacy, and gained a hot reputation for cultural virility. Besides enjoying prosthetic posterity, these artistically impotent but financially well-hung boys relished the kick of cultural authority and, often unencumbered by any taste whatever, zapped around the countryside "authorizing" the vast mediocre bulk of literature, art, and architecture.
The craftspeople, meanwhile, were seduced, well tipped and abandoned. But like resiliant surrogate mothers, they found some consolation knowing their progeny had fallen in among good manicures and that they themselves were pretty goddam rich!
And the people - well, since we rarely have the balls to depose, outwit or even ignore our ubiquitous fahion leaders - we the people generally get the anemic culture we deserve, don't we...?>>
proclaim the dawning
Our first bouquet of New Year recognitions Tim Satomi
In Luminous Lithography : Madhu Kant Mundra
In Mantic Artesian Music : Members of Coven I for
In Mountain Atman Photography : Kajiyama Tadashi
In Post-Pathetic Poetry : Robert Brady
In the Sumi-e Brush Run Wild : Michael Hofmann
In Baroque Bonsai Whimsy :
In Luminous Lithography :
Madhu Kant Mundra
In Mantic Artesian Music :
Members of Coven I for
In Mountain Atman Photography :
In Post-Pathetic Poetry :
In the Sumi-e Brush Run Wild :
Warning! Over the last 20 years, we have tripped over enough shadowed heroes to absorb 1STLIGHT until Genno 12 at least. Therefore, DO NOT SUBMIT any new works or candidates for this hallowed accolade (unless of course accompanied by the traditional certificates of commendation - preferably in large, crisp denominations) until March, 2001 at the earliest.
* Chawan just means "tea bowl", but you get the drift.
** Memes here refer to cultural offspring -- the creations of the mind and heart -- as opposed to the genetic/biological creations of the loins. See more at Memetics.