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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Let There Be Concrete

posted by on August 20 at 17:09 PM

The worship of the absolute substance:

The desire for the absolute substance:

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Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | August 20, 2008 5:17 PM


I've said it before and I'll say it again: Thanks for the mammaries!

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | August 20, 2008 5:35 PM

yes! i was wondering where the tasteful tatties were today, charles!

Posted by max solomon | August 20, 2008 5:36 PM


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Posted by Natalie Merchant | August 20, 2008 5:42 PM

Sometimes Charles cracks me up.

Posted by keshmeshi | August 20, 2008 6:37 PM

Charles, have you written anything about why concrete represents the 'absolute substance?' We all know of your fascination with it as an architectural element and as a phenomenon in and of itself, and I can come up with some very good reasons why that would be so.

However, I'm interested to understand what's at the basis of that fascination. Especially considering that a lot of people conflate concrete as a building material with both fascism and Ayn Rand, oppressive and lacking in personality.

Posted by dbell | August 20, 2008 7:24 PM

@6, for one, concrete never stops getting harder. the older the concrete, the more difficult it is. roman concrete is nearly impossible.

Posted by charles mudede | August 20, 2008 7:35 PM

@7, in that case, my peener becomes the absolute substance while watching Olympic Women's gymnastics.

Posted by Wheee | August 20, 2008 7:43 PM

@8 - I believe Chucky (pardon the pun) beat you to that with his previous comment - though substituting Italian women for the Olympians, natch.

Posted by Whooo | August 20, 2008 9:14 PM

The Pantheon in Rome is the ultimate concrete structure. Not only has it lasted twenty-eight hundred years, it utilizes other materials such as clay pots mixed into it to lighten it. And it was built by who is arguably the most talented queer in history: Emperor Hadrian.

Posted by Vince | August 21, 2008 6:30 AM

I didn't know him a minute ago, but after a quick Google, I'm in admiration of Norman Lindsay's work.

Posted by Sirkowski | August 21, 2008 9:05 AM

Concrete is indeed teh awesome.

Posted by Greg | August 21, 2008 9:19 AM

Hugo Chavez, good Socialist that he is, feels the same way- he just nationalised all the concrete companies in Venezuela, because only the people should own the absolute substance, and if capitalists are allowed to get harder and harder, they too will become "impossible".

Posted by A hard man is impossible to find | August 21, 2008 10:39 AM

I meant eighteen hundred years. Sorry.

Posted by Vince | August 21, 2008 2:46 PM

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