Cantor Live

I’ve been enjoying the Paul Cantor “Commerce and Culture” seminar at the Mises Institute so much so far that I haven’t set aside any time for blogging.  Catch up on what I haven’t been writing, though, by following the live webcasts of Professor Cantor’s lectures here.


6 thoughts on “Cantor Live

  1. Tim July 26, 2006 / 9:19 am

    I listened to Cantor’s lecture on Shakespeare. Magnificent. I wish I was there. Would you mind asking him a question for me? What does he think of the idea promoted by in her book “ShadowPlay”, outlined on the GodSpy site here that the Bard was a catholic and his work contains hints of his ‘paleo-conservative’ pleadings for a reversal of the anti-catholic policies of the Elizabeth I ?

    Whilst I am asking you to do my dirty work for me, Cantor mentioned that he plans to screen an episode of the Simpsons and one of the X-Files as examples of great commercial art. It would be great for those of us ‘attending the conference vicariously’ through you to know the names of the episodes. I plan to hire them myself.

  2. Daniel McCarthy July 26, 2006 / 9:24 pm

    I think the X-Files episode is going to be “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” which Cantor also discusses at some length (from what I remember) in Gilligan Unbound. The Simpsons episode is going to be the one with the French foreign exchange student and Bart going to France — I think. I’ll know for sure tomorrow, but that’s the advance word.

    Be sure to check out today’s lecture on the anti-market roots of Modernism; that’s been my favorite lecture so far. (Cantor raised the question of wehther Modernism is anti-market because it’s self-consciously rebellious against popular — and also traditional — taste, or whether it might be rebellious because it’s self-consciously anti-market. I hadn’t considered the latter before, but now that I do it makes some sense.)

    And sure, I’ll be happy to ask the question you bring up in your first paragraph.

  3. Tim July 27, 2006 / 5:46 am

    Thank you!

  4. Daniel McCarthy July 28, 2006 / 5:33 am

    “Crepes of Wrath” is the name of the Simpsons episode. And we did indeed watch the X-Files episode “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose.” (Professor Cantor has been particularly impressed by the Darin Morgan-penned episodes of The X-Files — in addition to “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” also “Humbug,” “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space,” and “War of the Coprophages.”)

  5. Tim July 28, 2006 / 8:30 am

    The “modernism” lecture (along with the Shakespeare one) was very good. It made me wonder if the modernists’ rebellion against market culture might not be itself a byproduct of the market making quality art and music more widely available than ever before. We’re all familiar with “Luddite” behaviour from labour unions and guilds attempting to restrict new technologies. Maybe modernism is artists’ own luddism? AFter all modern artists face fairly direct competition from market supplied music, reproductions etc of the greatest artefacts from previous centuries. Their peers in previous centuries didn’t have to face this level of competition.

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