“In trying to see and hear what professional critics never see and hear, I felt as though I was attending one endless block party. In New York City, Benjamin’s mechanical reproduction has clearly become Baudrillard’s cybernetic apocalyptic ecstasy of communication, in which everything is repeated to the point of meaninglessness. Or is it rather that the massive proliferation of entertainment as compensation, as escape, as the conspicuous consumption of the flattening of history and political consequence, is what urban existence is all about?”
Michelle Wallace “Entertainment Today” (1988)
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sympathizer, comments about John Kelley’s remarks on immigrants:
Convenient amnesia about one’s origins is an all-American trait, since we believe ourselves to be the country in which everyone gets a new beginning.
What some of us also forget is that at nearly every stage of our country’s history, the people who were already established as American citizens found convenient targets to designate as unable to assimilate: the indigenous peoples; conquered Mexicans; slaves; or the newest immigrants, who were usually classified as nonwhite.
So far the most surprising, beautiful sentence in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ We Were Eight Years in Power. It’s about his wife and part of one of the meta-essays that introduce his previously published essays in this collection. Some have aged better than others, but the meta-essays alone are worth the read alone. Man, that guy can write.
The Posh Club has everything: Elvis impersonators, 50 rockabilly, men in braces and cravats, vintage crockery, caberet, and crutches.:
“We’re the only club event in the world where someone was rushed to the hospital because they forgot to take their drugs.”
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
Zora Neale Hurston – Their Eyes Were Watching God
Kettcar – Benzin und Kartoffelchips
New video for Kettcar’s Benzin und Kartoffelchips, one of my favorite songs off of last year’s amazing Ich Vs. Wir.
So there is another mass shooting with an assault-style rifle in a U.S. school, this time in Parkland, Florida.
The Governor again talks about this kind of event like it’s an unpreventable natural disaster, the young shooter is “pure evil.” Law enforcement is showered with praise, thoughts and prayers are offered. Pam Bondi, the horrid Florida Attorney General, stresses her cooperation with GoFundMe to prevent scam, and promises to not work with overpriced funeral homes. Mental health is talked about like the water temperature and pressure systems of an ocean after a hurricane.
This is not natural. Both the Governor and AG have the power have to actually do something against what makes these events so deadly: The widespread availability of military-strength weapons. The US is the only country where this happens over, and over, and over again.