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Goodbye To The New York Review Of Books

SO I’ve been reading a bit of the New York Review Of Books lately. I was thinking about subscribing. I’ve always thought of it as some kind of last bastion of thought in america. Unfortunately it currently offers nothing interesting. The articles seem like they were tossed off in an afternoon and were written from a template. There isn’t even anything interesting about its political opinion pieces. I read an article on a book of about Philosophy by Freeman Dyson. It was like something from Time Or Newsweek. It talked about personalities and anecdotes while dismissing philosophy as something that pretty much doesn’t exist anymore. The author names Heidegger and Wittgenstein saying that the former established Existentialism and the latter only wrote one book. He goes on to conclude that Heidegger”Lost all Credibility” after the early 30’s and sums up Wittgenstein by noting his tragic family situation which must have led him to write that first book. How utterly disappointing. Then there was that article published just after the election penned by Paul Volcker calling for some domestic austerity programs and to top it off there was a glowing review of the latest Spielberg Movie. I’m going to check out the London review of books and see if that is any better.

New Day Rising

Anybody use google goggles on their phone. Yesterday I used my phone to take a photo of pdf i had open in my tablet. It read the words and found the book on google books. To me that was amazing. The other day i took a photo of a can of snuff and it found a photo of it on the web. As time goes by and people give feedback to the goggles program I’m sure pretty much anything will be able to be recognized. You could translate books on the fly. Once they come out with the google glasses the world change. You will be able to walk around with the largest library that has every existed and the whole world will be be tagged. #Google Goggles #Google Glasses

A Certain Comforting Aspect Of High And Low Culture

Last night I watched the three hour Turkish filmOnce Upon a Time in Anatolia” but tonight I’m watching The first season of Ren And Stimpy. In many ways its the same kind of experience. It is sitting alone watching something that understands  the truly impossible situation many people find themselves in. Flawed impossible people who are never satisfied. People forced to to live in places they hate surrounded by aliens who don’t understand. Beings Constantly trying to measure up to some illusory vision of “happiness”. Every time I see Ren or Stimpy chewing on some vile mouthful, trying so hard to smile I get a little feeling of understanding.

When I see a Nuri Bilge Ceylan shot of some disgusting window covered in filth I can feel the reality of the actual human.  The beauty of the disgusting, hopeless and pitiful.

“And Not You” A Film By sorax


 

And Not You

All still and moving Photography By soraxtm (sorax)

All Music By Figment Topology (soraxtm (sorax))

All Editing by soraxtm (sorax)

Spoken Word Samples

1.”….Contract and secrete….” From a Physiology Lecture by Dr. Gerald Cizadlo (Dr. C)

2.  “We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all our might, but the needed power wasn’t there. Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly”..The Big Book (Alcoholics Anonymous)p.45, We Agnostics

4.”As long as we could believe with Descartes that if we knew something clearly and distinctly, we knew it, we were okay.” Rick Roderick From The Self Under Siege: Philosophy in the 20th Century (1993)  lecture one “The Masters Of Suspicion”. 5.”That’s the problem of false consciousness. That’s why it’s severe. It’s you could be absolutely clear you have no doubt, and it could be a pure abstract cultural mechanism, and not you… and not you” Rick Roderick From The Self Under Siege: Philosophy in the 20th Century (1993)  lecture one “The Masters Of Suspicion”

some tawdry little personal tragedy

 

I started watching the Turin Horse. It certainly is affecting. It put my into a little trance and I went in the library and started taking some slow panning shot of my bookcase. I could still hear the music from the film in my head. I can still hear it now in fact.  Lately I’ve had a piece of this lecture in my head. I’ve been trying to find it so I can put it in a new film. The lecturer states that everyone ends up dying alone in some tawdry little personal tragedy. I keep thinking about that. Some day you are  gonna trip on a Lego and the world will end. Someday a little blood vessel will burst in your head and it will be over. I assume most people spend their life distracted themselves from the thought of death.  I don’t think the personal nature of the situation really gets fully appreciated in our society. People spend their lives staring at screens filled with artificial people doing artificial things.  Reality is the new art space.  Actual Human life is lived in front of a screen. No one has anything to say because nothing can be heard. By the time someone realizes they are going to die it’s to late. The culture is inhumane.  But I always seem to end up sounding bitter when I write these kind of things.  I don’t have anything to be bitter about though because I have finally woken up again.

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Gore Vidal is Dead

I saw a headline proclaiming  something like “Gay Author Gore Vidal Dies”. Uggh!
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Some people leave us with a lot to think about.
I haven’t read any of his books yet but I plan to. I heard him speak on c-span a few years ago and he struck me as authentic. He certainly spoke outside the context of the mass media and I always appreciate that. I probably haven’t read him because he writes stuff that could be categorized as historical fiction but perhaps his choice of time periods and characters were just a way of getting his points across obliquely.