Entries by Brenton Sanderson

Evil Genius: Constructing Wagner as Moral Pariah, Part 2

  Part 2: Jewish Responses to Wagner’s Ideas Basically ignoring whether Wagner’s views on Jewish influence on German art and culture had any validity, a long line of Jewish music writers and intellectuals have furiously attacked the composer for having expressed them. In his essay “Know Thyself” Wagner writes of the fierce backlash that followed his […]

Evil Genius: Constructing Wagner as Moral Pariah, Part 1

PART 1 In the 2010 feature-length documentary Wagner and Me the British celebrity Stephen Fry explored his love affair with the music of Richard Wagner. Fry, who is Jewish, homosexual, and bipolar, enjoys a multi-pronged “victim” status that has made his identity politics credentials the aesthetic equivalent of a nuclear warhead. The inevitable consequence of […]

Jews and Race: A Pre-Boasian Perspective, Part 2

PRE-BOASIAN JEWISH DISCOURSE ON INTERMARRIAGE The Zionist Elias Auerbach viewed Jewish intermarriage as not necessarily a problem providing the endogamous Jewish racial core population remained unpolluted by the taint of non-Jewish blood. The offspring of mixed marriages (Mischlinges) are, he noted, overwhelmingly lost to the Jewish community — leaving the “sacred chain” of Jewish heredity […]

Tristan Tzara and the Jewish roots of Dada, Part 4

The destructive legacy of Dada Dada’s destructive intellectual and cultural influence has proved to be seminal and long-lasting in at least three ways. First, as Dempsey points out, Dada’s notion that “The presentation of art as idea, its assertion that art could be made from anything and its questioning of societal and artistic mores, irrevocably […]