There is no very evident use in beauty; the necessity of it for cultural purposes is not apparent, and yet civilization could not do without it. The science of aesthetics investigates the conditions in which things are regarded as beautiful; it can give no explanation of the nature or origin of beauty: as usual, its lack of results is concealed under a flood of resounding and meaningless words.
Sigmund Freud, Civilisation and its Discontents
beauty is a defiance of authority
William Carlos Williams, Paterson
La beauté sera CONVULSIVE ou ne sera pas.
André Breton, Nadja
Le silence des choses est celui d’une poudrière qui n’attend que sa mise à feu.
Annie Le Brun, De l’Éperdu
Seule la révolte est garante de la cohérence passionnelle que chacun est aujourd’hui sommé d’abandonner pour faire allégeance à ce monde de la servitude volontaire.
Annie Le Brun, Interview: Philosophie magazine (29/01/2009)
Annie Le Brun, poet and essayist, remains forever dissonant and dissident; an author and a person who refuses to accept and adapt to the violent reign of commodity fetishism, against which she hurls the rage and passion of gestures of poetry, dreams, desires, love and beauty.
We share below, almost as a long overdue tribute to her work, a recent text which serves as an introduction to her last essay, Ce qui n’a pas de prix. Beauté, laideur et politique.
What follows is a translation from the french language edition of Le monde diplomatique.