Imaginary Lives by Marcel Schwob.
I’ve also written on Imaginary Lives here.
These disputes have existed everywhere in the arts, almost since the beginning one can imagine.
Examples include the quarrel of the ancients and the moderns, the hierarchy of genres, the paragone and the fact that “all art constantly aspires towards the condition of music”, as Walter Pater said.
The context of the “yelping dog” dictum is well explained in the following passage:
"When philosophy was invented it found another intellectual enterprise already in possession of the field, and that enterprise was poetry, primarily Homer and Hesiod. Plato, in trying to make intellectual space for philosophy, made so much space that he risked pushing poetry out of the field altogether as an intellectual enterprise. Plato assumes that poetry and philosophy are competitors in the same business; he can then be seen as attempting to make a hostile take-over bid.”
In reality, philosophy cannot do without poetry. I’ve written some notes on that here.
Illustration: Goya’s dog (detail). The dog does not bark nor yelp, I know, but it is the singular most beautiful image of a dog I know.
Last week saw me delving into ‘abject art’, a term of art popular in the 1990s.
As is often the case, Wikipedia fails to point out antecedents.
I’ve updated my pages on 'abject art' accordingly.
"In the 20th century the fascination with transgression and taboo eventually lead to the 1993 New York Whitney Museum exhibition “Abject Art: Repulsion and Desire in American Art”, on the catalog of which was Robert Gober’s Untitled Leg (1989-90)”.
His latest is Borgman. Not his best but the worst of Warmerdam is better than the best of many others.
The photo stems from , where it is titled as Julfa cemetery, ram stone of Manuk Nazar dated 1578 and which states that it was taken by a certain Mme Chantre in 1890. This page  lists all of the photos in that article.
It’s a gorgeous photo and somehow reminds of an axolotl.
My edition (Flammarion, 1993) features 186 black-and-white illustrations.
I previously wrote about grylli here.