He came up to me--he was a little disheveled and perspiring noticeably--he looked at me very grouchily
, and said, "Duane, thank God we trained you to be a good lawyer, because you damn well never would have made a living as a cartographer!" And once again, he of course was right.
Now he has competition: two state legislators, a doctor, a lawyer who helped fight the tobacco suit, and, any day now, the fiscally (and somewhat grouchily
) conservative former Representative Tim Penny.
And he grouchily
claims that Curzon saw Africa as `populated by black barbarians'; yet in 1917 Curzon expressly opposed the settlement of former German East Africa with Indians on the grounds that the soil belonged to the native (i.e.
"The director grouchily
plodded through the multipage script," Charlton says, "until - near the end of the history where I had proudly proclaimed that our company 'helps to meet man's basic needs around the world,' he suddenly convulsed.
She's a friendly interviewer, trying to draw out artists typically assumed to be grouchily
reticent or cultural bureaucrats whose public pronouncements are usually made in press release-speak.
Thus Arthur Danto, art critic for The Nation, recently lamented the substitution of agitprop (or at best a telling ugliness) for beauty as an artistic goal, and Village Voice critic Peter Schjeldahl, writing about the 1993 Whitney Museum Biennial Exhibition, spoke grouchily
of its "forego[ing] mere pleasure in favor of probing psychosocial ills, carrying torches for aggrieved communities, and otherwise politicking."(1) The fact is that I share this discomfort with the current return to Popular Front aesthetics, as my title's inversion of Hal Foster's The Anti-Aesthetic suggests,(2) even as I am also aware that the critical tendency of cultural studies, with which I am allied, has had no little part in nursing if not promoting this vogue.