Richman, O’Hara, and the aesthetics of the upbeat

This post originally appeared on The Missing Slate.   ‘and in a sense we’re all winning we’re alive’ – Frank O’Hara, Steps   Does anyone find it easy to admit they’re happy? In real life, maybe – but in art, avowals of optimism are a rare step, and a bold one. There’s always the threat that a … More Richman, O’Hara, and the aesthetics of the upbeat