Western vogue for Eastern spirtuality is perhaps both homage and rip-off

“While it might be argued that the clash of serendipity and kitsch is cleverly conceived in my red velvet Buddha, and ironic in that winkwink postmodern way, and while it might even be maintained that in our late capitalist culture, irony is the only mode of critical distancing left open to us, is it not also possible that our cleverness represents a certain shying away from deeper issues we are unsure of how to confront?”

Posted February 11, 2001

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