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That's "cycle", not "circle". You don't have to explain the cyclical nature of the phrase if you simply use the right phrase :P
Both are in common usage, with "circle" appearing to be the original, and "cycle" an acceptable variant. The Ngram comparison is pretty telling. ~Missy
Not even surprising......
Now I'm trying to picture surrealist furniture.
One advantage would be (sound of Salvador Dali popping his hand off his open puckered mouth) that you can pay for it in butterflies and dreams.
I have a buddy with a melted clock chair. I guess that would be surrealist furniture. There's also that chair that looks like a gob a phlegm from someone who chugged a glow stick.
Having to furnish my new apartment, I've been hitting up the Ikea store a lot. I like the "Hemnes Collection" because it looks simple and it's wood. Now, the PS 2012 line looks like something from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Whatever happened to your 800 person goal for the subscriptIon service? Did you make it?
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Also, this way the income comes directly from readers who value my work, and that is a great feeling.
It's less surreal if you view it more as ex-modern. Even futurism has been and gone.As an after-the-end (concept not mediocre movies) nerd, I will now go look at furniture.
However came up with the term "modernism" didn't show much hindsight, and is to blame for the fact that "vintage modernism" SOUNDS surreal, while actually it isn't, considering that modernism has been around for quite some time by now.
Wouldn't the next step after modernist furniture be post-modernist furniture? I'm thinking a set of chairs that challenge the definition of "chair" -- "is this crate of apples you can sit on more or less a chair than the thing with four legs, a seat and a back which is hanging from the ceiling?", your angry dinner guests will demand of you, but there are no answers, only further questions.
@Bird of Prey
I always thought that too. And then they went ahead and started labeling everything Post Modernism, as if that wouldn't exacerbate the problem. In 100 years we'll be seeing Post Post Post Modernism.
Obviously, nobody has even thought of the Salvation Army or Goodwill as a source of furniture. If one is broke and can't afford the new stuff, one does what one needs to do. These places are full of stuff that is in the style one desires. And if modification is needed to meet a need, one isn't out very much if the effort goes wheels up.
It costs a lot of money to be a hipster.
"They make stuff expensive because you like it."That explains MY life...
Panels 2 & 3 FTW.
I grew up in a place and time where there was a large item trash pickup once a month. People put their unwanted furniture at the curb, and those of us just starting out on our own would take the useable stuff. Thrift stores were a step up.Now there's too much risk of bedbugs.I'm glad no one has seriously mentioned buying furniture online; if it looks good and it's also cheap, it'll fall apart. I didn't fall for this, but I know a few who have.
Wondered while reading how the "circle"/"cycle" debate would go. The anticipation, while a bit distracting from the comedic genius, made the strip more enjoyable.How many comments in would it start? How would start? How would it end?I am not disappoint.
@Dee I still live in such a place although it only takes place every other month. We recently left an old sofa (I'd like to think it's design was classic modern) out there but there were no takers, which is just as well as the reason we had to get rid of it was due to one of our cats deciding that it made a convenient litter box. Then again, a few years back after one of our cats also mistook a suitcase for a litter box, when we left that out on the curb it was gone within an hour.
Salvador Dalí did indeed design furniture! His most famous creation was a sofa shaped like Mae West's lips.
@Dee In the Boston area that happens on the weekends before and after June 1st and gets called Allston Christmas (after the ground zero neighborhood full of moving students). The authorities go around and tag soft furniture with "Beware of Bedbugs" stickers/flyers. Metal recyclers and vintage dealers will grab it anyway.
Mad Dan, in my happy place, the couch resembles the ones around her mouth.
The problem with the "modernism" nomenclature is that it pretty much means "right about now"... in whatever year or decade you say it.
"mid-century modernism" distinctly means the mid-20th century... until the mid-21st century comes along, and then... uh... where am I? What's going on here?
Beardo>Wondered while reading how the "circle"/"cycle" debate>would go. The anticipation, while a bit distracting from the>comedic genius, made the strip more enjoyable.>How many comments in would it start? >How would start? >How would it end?>I am not disappoint.
Um.. I don't think a single comment, with a single response from Missy, exactly qualifies as a "debate".
I am disappoint.
So, so delightfully funny! Thank you, Scott. Your comedic brilliance finds uproarious humor in the most surprising of places. Thank you, thank you!
@boB - It was an extremely succinct debate.
FEI: Modernism doesn't mean simply mean "current." Like a transcendentalist believes in transcendence, or an atheist believes in a lack of god, a modernist has a belief</rm> in modernity, which in application means a belief that one mustn't be bound by past styles or conventions. What we call modernism now is the style produced by modernists when modernism was in its heyday, around the 1930's-40's.
The irony of course is that a proper contemporary modernist, in the original sense of the word, would eschew any hint of such 80-year-old stylistic conventions. Modernism as the term is used now is by definition vintage, which is hardly strange at all. There's nothing so traditional in art as periodic attempts to break from tradition.
So long as I'm pontificating: Post-modernism doesn't simply mean "after modernism," but refers to a reaction to modernism, that there is in fact no need to break from past traditions and conventions, and that they can be freely incorporated into contemporary works. Often this means a playful awareness of these conventions: if you hear that Frank Zappa is a post-modern musician, or The Simpsons is a post-modern television show, it's often meant in this sense.
This makes me think of pricing tea ceremony stuff in Japan. The founder of the Japanese tea ceremony was a big fan of simplicity and humility, so he encouraged his students and followers to use simple, common tools, rather than expensive, fancy ones that show off wealth. Today, tea implements in the style of "common" 17th-century tools can cost tens to hundreds of times what the modern, cheap equivalent would cost... yet everyone still uses them whenever possible.
Since modernism fell from favor in the 1970s and post-modernism is currently in vogue, all modernism is now vintage modernism.
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