university of andy

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“I think it would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger.” –Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

This philosophical novel, written in 1975 by American artist and Prince of Pop, Andy Warhol (1928-1987), is comprised of “quotable quotes” by the artist on subjects including but not limited to: love, beauty, fame, work, sex, time, death, economics, success, and art. 

One quote I find especially beautiful is:

“I can never get over when you’re on the beach how beautiful the sand looks and the water washes it away and straightens it up and the trees and the grass all look great. I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.”

After a successful career in commercial illustrating, Warhol became a renowned, and sometimes controversial, artist. His works were created with a wide-ranging variety of mediums including: hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. Andy Warhol is best known as a leading figure in the Pop Art movement. His works are said to “explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising.” His most notable works include: Chelsea Girls, a 1966 film; Exploding Plastic Inevitable, a 1966 exhibit; and the Campbell’s Soup Cans, a 1962 painting.

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again was not Warhol’s only literary work. He was also the founder of Interview Magazine and wrote a second novel, Popism: The Warhol Sixties

He was also the manager and producer of The Velvet Underground, a rock band that became a leading figure in the Punk Rock movement.

A true Renaissance man.

How ‘bout one more quirky quote from the book?

“When I did my self-portrait, I left all the pimples out because you always should. Pimples are a temporary condition and they don’t have anything to do with what you really look like. Always omit the blemishes—they’re not part of the good picture you want.”

Spoken like a true perfectionist. Solidarity, Warhol.

A signed copy of The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again is housed in MU Special Collections and Rare Book Department.

-Olivia M.

Best lines taken out of context from Gem Harvest

“Well then, what’s the point of corn?!”

“Garnet says not to lick stuff I find on the ground, but this is for a good cause.”

“A hobo is a man’s job!”

“Greg, you little turd.”

“You’re not big, I’m just saying ‘you’re tall,” not— you know.”

-“She works out.“
-"Yeah I’ll bet.”

“Why don’t we all marry each other!”

“Sorry for your marriage!”

“That’s what we forgot! More cooking oil.”

“This table has corn. And it’s beautiful. And we’ll defend it!”

“Why don’t you put the corn in a mirror for a thousand years and then see how it feels about the table?“

One of my favourite moments today was when Uncle Andy suddenly gave Steven a bear hug. And it’s not as if we’ve never seen Steven get hugged on the show before.

But then the CGs start to get uneasy and hostile. And they look as if they’re about to attack Andy for restraining Steven “against his will.”

And then the shot pans to Lapis and Peridot who are equally ready for “clobbering time.”

Everybody loves Steven. :D

Uncle Andy theory

Ok, so just hear me out, what if Uncle Andy and Marty are brothers, or at the very least related in some way.

My first piece of evidence, the hair.

There hasn’t been many characters with the same hairstyle, and this has to be more than a coincidence.

Secondly, Andy did say that everyone in his family left to do their own thing. What if Marty wanted to become a big time music manager and saw potential in his cousin Greg, who was probably the cheapest person he could’ve gotten to work with, and went on tour with him. 

Also, if you look at the details in their faces they have the same wrinkles. And we all know the crewniverse wouldn’t do that unless they really wanted us to notice it.

(So, if my theory is true, this means that Steven is distant cousins with Sour Cream and Onion which makes me very happy.)

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Well, she wasn’t wrong… I love the foreshadowing this show has, even for little things like this.