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Sun, May. 1st, 2011, 10:46 pm

May day 2011. Yesterday's news pale in comparison. Mugabe visits Rome for
the papal beatification ritual. Some "anarchists" are arrested in London,
where they were planning a mock beheading (a functioning guillotine was
confiscated) of Prince William and some others. Qadhafi's grandchildren
died hit by an American bomb.
It is a coincidence, to be sure, that this execution occured on May First.
It is not a present to the working people. Indeed, as some say, to define
justice as simple retribution, is to dishonor our fallen comrades of
Haymarket massacre.

The CIA man, who killed people in Islamabad a few weeks ago. One day we'll
learn that those killings were part of the same operation. Or not.
Why was bin Laden so close to Islamabad? How long had he been there?
Who was he meeting?

JOhan Nomark, whose blog Archaeological Haecceities does a nice job of
lambasting the Mayan 2012 speculators, registers the fact that people still
see portents, and try to predict the future. There are still people who don't
realize that these divinations are just another distraction from closely
watching the true wreckers of history: bankers, weapons manufacturers,
crooked politicians. You know it all, there is nothing else.

Sat, Apr. 16th, 2011, 05:48 pm

Do you think rhythm is something that can be completely individualized, like a personal style, and with even greater effect on one's Weltanschuung? Every musical piece has a particular mode of being-in-time. I wonder if really good musicians do not end up approaching, performing, and resolving, some non-musical situations as they would a specific dance piece, or a non-dance pure listening piece.

Another strange thing: I can't remember if in middle and high school in USSR ( 1985 to 1991) if we had many lessons on 20th century world history. I remember domestic history only up to end of WWII. 19th century was covered and did seem to center on Paris commune. I remember something about feudalism vaguely. Something about Las Casas. I think they told us that he protected the Indians, but I don't remember them telling us that Las CAsas had no problem with enslaving Africans. In politology we were introduced to some concepts such as colonialism and imperialism, but in a highly schematic way, without real reference to actual historical events. I imagine they had to present these concepts in such a way that only the very smartest of students could see that USSR was also a colonialist power. 

Sat, Feb. 5th, 2011, 02:16 am

I am not really here.Mostly here
Kinda here.
And a little bit here.

Thu, Dec. 6th, 2007, 11:51 pm

I will slowly now move this to a layer under, sifting, and updating out of time, as if to write at first and at last to re-read. Chronology is inconclusive.

Mon, Oct. 8th, 2007, 12:08 am

I officially acknowledge that I no longer read literary theory.
I pledge to become a great accordion player.
I promise to attend choir practice weekly.
I will observe half hour intervals between each successive crush I develop.
I will stop making divisive comments.
I will translate Veniamin Kaverin.

Sun, Oct. 7th, 2007, 11:44 pm

atthesametime  directed and i followed:

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users. Bold what you have read, italicize those you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Anna Karenina*
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights

The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose

Tue, Sep. 11th, 2007, 04:47 pm

There is nothing redeeming about an oddity-in-itself. The odd is just an effect of vision. This is why I prefer Werner Herzog's
grotesques to Greta Snider's. I am just remembering the bell player in Herzog's documentary about religion in post-Soviet Russia and the Urine Man in Greta Snider's short film. Herzog manages to humanize his subjects: through their oddity we see a garbled life that could have been quite ordinary; such lives are redeemed by an extra-human craving for some specific form of the beautiful. Greta Snider looks lower down: the ruins of people, and the resulting emptiness of these ruins.
too young, thought with a swaying breast

Fri, Sep. 7th, 2007, 12:09 pm

никогда раньше не замечал что песни Наутилуса, во-всяком случае некоторые ранние песни, похожи на стихи, во-всяком cлучае некоторые стихи, куртуазных маньеристов.

Tue, Jul. 17th, 2007, 02:28 pm

aptsvet reports that Dmitry Prigov, one of the original Soviet conceptualist poets, died yesterday. RIP. His widow is trying to canvas the funds to repay the debt accrued from hospital bills, and for the monument for his grave.

 I learned about Prigov's death from aptsvet  -Read more...Collapse )Read moreCollapse )

Wed, Jul. 4th, 2007, 01:59 pm

Raoul Servais is pretty interesting. His works remind me of 'The Glass Harmonica', a great Soviet animation film from the 60s. I thank homyndrik for alerting me to Servais' existence.

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