The Art of Tetman Callis

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Pragmatic self-loathing

March 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments

“There is nothing truly beautiful but that which can never be of any use whatever; everything useful is ugly, for it is the expression of some need, and man’s needs are ignoble and disgusting like his own poor and infirm nature.  The most useful place in a house is the water-closet.” — Theophile Gautier, quoted in “The Writer and Politics: A Litany” (from Tests of Time, by William H. Gass)

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  • 1 Averil Dean // Mar 21, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Grouchy Ted Gautier would have to eat his words if presented with the Kohler showcase.

  • 2 Tetman Callis // Mar 21, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I dunno. I looked at the Kohler Dream Bathroom online and maybe Theo would agree. A water closet he could only have dreamed of.

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