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Banality

 

in feudal Western Europe, the monopolistic right of a feudal lord to demand that his serfs mill grain, bake bread, press grapes, and perform other duties exclusively in the mill, oven, and winepress belonging to the lord. The feudal lord extracted requisitions in kind from the peasants—flour, wine, and so forth—or, later, money payments for the right to perform these economic operations on his manor.

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Having failed to delve behind the surface banalities of the Forbes 400, Odendahl eagerly devotes two lengthy chapters to philanthropy she feels comfortable with: the politically left-wing and feminist foundations that have been established since the early seventies by the guilt-ridden children of trust funds.
The would-be seducers drown the poor women in a sea of banalities, and the audience erupts in little psychodramas, shouting and assailing each other, saying horrible things.
The second is the implication that architecture has little more than a subservient relationship to the economic and technological forces that shape the splintered metropolis, that its role is primarily to accommodate the banalities of the process.
It was something of a disappointment to discover that all those words, so alluringly expressed in dramatic, unintelligible and unreproducible sounds, organized themselves into banalities one might hear on the bus in Santa Barbara (if one took buses there).
It may be fun to savor the little banalities, non sequiturs, and incongruities of American life, but when we fail to distinguish between what is truly ridiculous and what merely can be made to seem so, irony loses its bite.
But elsewhere she's inconsistent, with two banalities by Garth Brooks' scribe, Tony Arata; Matraca Berg's muddled "You Can Feel Bad," and a general tendency to forsake the honky-tonk for the mainstream.
Scottish artist Kenny Macleod's two-channel video Breaking Up, 2001, focused on such banalities, showing images of airplanes landing, a very ugly hotel room, and a suit of clothes, to a voice-over narrative of a business traveler's mundane concerns.