Another thing I'd absolutely be for is, we're just surrounded with meretriciousness
and mendacity in every aspect of our immediate life.
Yet in Lucien's choice of subject matter, he betrays his own ideal--no longer elevating painting to a level of celestial perfection but cheapening it by recycling imagery from the pre-Raphaelites: the gaudy meretriciousness
of chrysoprase and chalcedony, a morbid horticulture of tubercular orchids and expiring lilies, an art of doe-eyed androgynes "en robes semblables a des queues de paon" (117).
Land" emphasizes the meretriciousness
of the indigenous Southern
The equation of the Patimkins' opulence, despite its meretriciousness
to which Neil is no less keenly responsive, with the lushness of Tahiti is evident in Neil's Marvellian apostrophe: "Oh Patimkin
The tedium of the material does not, of course, preclude the possibility of an engaging historical narrative: one can well imagine a striking, entertaining volume based on boring sources, the sharp blade of the author's critical mind cutting through the unappealing surface to the core of political machinations, decoding the language anti reading between the lines, spurring the reader to outrage at the combination of meretriciousness
and ruthless ambition that characterized the proletarian music movement.
For all the meretriciousness
and shallowness of the British media, it has a long way still to go before it catches up with ours in sheer self-obsession.
Winthrop and Mansfield are confident that an immersion in Democracy in America will help to induce the `salutary fear' and noble seriousness, once provided by the bracing religion of old Massachusetts, that are needed to energise anyone in danger of being demoralised by mass complacency and meretriciousness
For an Elizabethan audience, she argues, Soliman and Perseda would have been an object lesson on the theatrical meretriciousness
of Catholic ritual: "By mystifying and privileging spectacle, literalizing mimetic action, and displaying `real' bodies and blood, the play-within-the-play manifests the very qualities of the Roman Mass that the Calvinist reformers condemn when they complain that `of the sacrament' the papists `make an idol; of commemoration make adoration; instead of receiving, make a deceiving; in place of showing forth Christ's death, make new oblations of his death' (Foxe 5:303).
In Britain, after more than fifteen years of single-track policy-making, a whole new generation who cannot remember alternatives to "marketplace" meretriciousness
is coming to fruition, and that, surely, has an effect on how younger people view what Art (and people) are.