Who’s Getting Laid in This Picture?*

“The 1927 Odalisque with Grey Trousers, though beautiful, showed how the painter had become creatively paralysed” (Credit: Musée de l’Orangerie / H Matisse / ARS).

Organised chronologically, Matisse in the 1930s begins with a look at the Nice period, exemplified by his voluptuous Odalisque with Grey Trousers (1927). A seductive model in harem pants lays on a green bedroll, surrounded by brilliant red and yellow wall patterns.
(Diane Bernard, “Matisse’s The Dance: The masterpiece that changed history,” bbc.com, 1-18-23)

The mugwump who rails about “grammar errors” invariably goes down as a pitiable loser in greater society’s estimation, and not undeservedly.

Never mind that. I don’t give a damn what people say and write in ordinary discourse, but it sticks in my craw when a professional, native-English-speaking journalist in the hire of a reputable organ such as the BBC, writing a published article that presumptively has undergone editorial vetting, commits the hideously common fuck-up (pardon my language) exemplified in the above quotation.

For my sins, I’m condemned to be foolishly bothered by this particular fuck-up (pardon my language) and to cease being interested, invariably if unjustly, in whatever else the journalist may have to say. If you live by the expository published word, you’re perceived according to the level of your mastery of it. It’s a hotly denied truth.

(*This potty-mouthed post is emitted in the heat of petulance, to be repented at leisure. Whenever I spew invective I know I’ve slipped the bonds that tether me to good taste.)

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About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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10 Responses to Who’s Getting Laid in This Picture?*

  1. chris ludke says:

    The idiot wrote lays instead of lies? I’m more annoyed that art critics who have no idea how to make art would call anything Matisse did ” creatively paralyzed.” Don’t let the bad grammar get to you. We have a more serious problem here, that bs. they churn out every time they write.

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    • JMN says:

      Stay angry, Chris! There’s lots of grist for the mill. It keeps us sharp. As a linguist I tend to get stuck in the grammar mud. That fellow Matisse could paint like a house afire from where I stand. To be truthful, when I went ahead and finished the article I found some useful thoughts in it. But our needs are so subjective, what’s useful to one person can be another one’s codswallop.

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  2. I agree with you completely Jim – keep up the invective!!

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  3. I have no holy orders that convey the twice requested pardon, but I am running to the sink, and I am going to douse my phone with water. Hope that’s good enough?

    Liked by 1 person

    • JMN says:

      Yikes, do no such thing! Your phone is the marvelous tool of your continually engaging fusion of image and word. No silly posturing of mine over complacent journalism is applicable to your creations.

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