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The result would be the uglification of Oregon, at substantial cost to Oregonians.
But it seems evident that the target must have been, in part, the form of life in which the affluence of the Reagan years expressed itself in collecting art, in "getting in on the ground floor" through acquiring paintings that were certain to appreciate in the way that Abstract Expressionist paintings had done--so that "bad painting" was a kind of willed uglification, a refusal to be complicit in the agenda of painting-as-luxury.
But to acquire the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division (or as Lewis Carroll would have it: "Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision"), you have to learn more than the abstract conceptions.
Beyond "Reeling, Writhing, Uglification & Derision": Art by
One article, simply titled "Distorting History, Uglifying Reality," criticized the novel thus: "The book's general inclination, as well as its basic ideological content, are a serious distortion and uglification, and, in certain aspects, a complete contradiction of history and the life of our society.