[Marxism] Bohemians | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Apr 29 16:10:33 MDT 2014


On 4/29/14 3:56 PM, Louis Proyect wrote:
>
> Last night I went to a panel discussion timed to the launch of
> “Bohemians: a Graphic History”, a comic book co-edited by Paul Buhle and
> David Berger. Paul gave the opening remarks and David concluded.
> Sandwiched between them were a number of artists who took part in the
> project. Based on my readings of previous projects Buhle was involved
> with along these lines, I expect this latest book to be a winner. In the
> past Buhle worked closely with Harvey Pekar on works such as “SDS”, “The
> Beats” and “Yiddishkeit”, in many ways a natural tie-in to “The
> Bohemians”. Given the centuries long tendency for American capitalism to
> crush all forms of human expression under its heel, it is only natural
> for a homegrown bohemia to have emerged. In his concluding remarks,
> Berger said that bohemia is dead but followed that observation
> immediately with one that it has always been dead. In Paris, back in
> 1850, you can be sure that someone would have been saying “La Boheme
> c’est mort.” Obviously as long as there is moloch—as Allen Ginbsberg
> once put it—there will be bohemia.
>
> full: http://louisproyect.org/2014/04/29/bohemians/
>

An interesting comment on this:

Re Oscar Wilde: Wilde was well over six feet tall and exceptionally 
strong even for his size. He could fight effectively when he felt he had 
to and was as much at home with the miners of Leadville as he was in the 
drawing rooms of London--maybe more so.

In his own account of the visit to Leadville, Wilde asserts that he 
himself opened a new seam in the silver mine using a "silver drill" that 
the miners presented to him as a gift afterward.

Effete, foppish, gay, and tragically self-destructive Wilde certainly 
was--yet he was nevertheless anything but the stereotypical sissy so 
many assume him to have been.

Of course, in 1891 Wilde published the famous essay "The Soul of Man 
under Socialism," where he lays out a libertarian socialist philosophy 
based on the writings of Peter Kropotkin. I don't suppose this commends 
him to Marxists, but it isn't what some might expect from the stereotype.




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