May 09

the mind under the bridge

The Brown Wedge//9 comments • 14,453 views

trollhe calls himself “seth edenbaum” and “d. ghirlandio” though i don’t think either is his name (her name? my instincts say no, but a mask is a mask is mask…); he may be an artist; this may just be a disguise

he’s been banned as a troll from crooked timber (tho i suspect he’s posting once more, under yet another name): on his own blog he’s furious, frustrated, isolated, relentlessly suspicious, oddly and unexpectedly generous… and consistently fascinating, because of rather than despite the cryptic incompleteness of his posted thoughts, on politics and art, reason and imagination and the self-absorbed rent-seeking intellectual classes:

“One of the many mistakes of the 2oth century was to imagine it might be possible to know without doubt which of our creations would avoid obsolescence. An art or society of ideas, a dream of scientific socialism or of the morality of technological progress, all are predicated on the same assumption, that modernity could mean infallibility, as if a cursory reading of Freud could render one immune to the effects of the unconscious. Such confidence doesn’t work now any more than it did 80 years ago. It doesn’t work for Donald Rumsfeld, or Steve Jobs, any more than it did for Lenin or Le Corbusier.”


  1. 1
    Tom on 4 May 2009 #

    Whither Trollheim?

  2. 2

    no time no time! :(

    i need a spare ten days some time to get everything up and running

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    seth edenbaum on 4 May 2009 #

    Why would anyone bother to think up a name like ‘Seth Edenbaum,” from scratch?

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    well it might not be from scratch: my cognomen is a kind of compilation of my other internet hits

    but i didn’t mean to impute anything

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    seth edenbaum on 4 May 2009 #

    “i didn’t mean to impute anything”
    I didn’t think you did. And I didn’t take it badly.
    D. is for Domenico Ghirlandaio, who was as real as I am. But he’s been dead for a while.
    I was anonymous at first but didn’t change the name.

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    Jack Fear on 5 May 2009 #

    And again, the Internet is like CANDYMAN; speak his name, and lo, he appears!

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    DG on 17 Jan 2013 #

    His name actually is Seth Edenbaum. I knew him in college.

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    Dom Ghirl. on 17 Jan 2013 #

    He did. And he taught me a lot.

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    DG on 18 Jan 2013 #

    Likewise as a matter of fact.

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