"One way to see the avant-garde is as an economy of symbolic capital gone rabid. Not even the epic Kronos but more the esoteric Eschraton, cursed to devour himself to death. The regular zero-sum economy of culture is part of the famous 'way things are' – alongside factory-farming, growing old, car wrecks, or the prevalent dysfunctionality of intimate relationships. The way things are might change, but not right now and not for you. These are the defining tradeoffs of pragmatic life, balances of pleasures against pains (sometimes your own pains, sometime of others and sometimes both)"