anal / theme

Before psychoanalysis, this brief adjective described only things pertaining to the anus. Since then, however, the poor word has had to do double duty, describing a state of arrested development characterized by a fixation on withholding feces, and also the characteristics supposedly associated with this, including tidiness, obsessive attention to detail, defensiveness about possessions, unforthcomingness, and emotional withdrawal. Can't let the poop out: everything must remain clean, in its place, no dirt to mar the pristine.

Themes represent basic categories of thought, emotion, or value. While our assignment of themes may at times seem arbitrary or whimsical, they serve to link together artists and movements along non- hierarchial pathways. Follow the themes to look for new disciplines that share qualities with those you already like, or to open up new worlds of Art and Culture.

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