The End of the Game of Cards — Ernest Meissonier

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia — Sam Peckinpah

Horse Attacked by Lion — George Stubbs

Guy Debord: “The spectacle obliterates the boundaries between self and world”

The spectacle obliterates the boundaries between self and world by crushing the self besieged by the presence-absence of the world. It also obliterates the boundaries between true and false by repressing all directly lived truth beneath the real presence of the falsehood maintained by the organization of appearances. Individuals who passively accept their subjection to an alien everyday reality are thus driven toward a madness that reacts to this fate by resorting to illusory magical techniques. The essence of this pseudoresponse to an unanswerable communication is the acceptance and consumption of commodities. The consumer’s compulsion to imitate is a truly infantile need, conditioned by all the aspects of his fundamental dispossession. As Gabel puts it in describing a quite different level of pathology, “the abnormal need for representation compensates for an agonizing feeling of being at the margin of existence.”

Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle (section 219).

“To hear of a Frenchman eating a frog, is no news; / But to see a butcher stuck by a hog, is strange indeed!”

(From The World turned upside down, or, No news, and strange news (1820) by J. Kendrew. More/via.)

Teju Cole’s Seven-part Excursus: Aerial Bombing as the Presiding Metaphor of Our Time

“I Like Violence! I Love Violence!” — Alejandro Jodorowsky