July 1st, 2020

anatomical beat

meet the new boss; same as the old boss

Lol. I know it doesn't need to be said, because it is so over-stating the obvious. Lord of the Flies? Animal Farm? It's easy and quite thrilling to question authority, rage against the machine, not trust anyone over 30, yada yada. But imagine, if you will, one of those dastardly small cartoons in which a mob tears down the machine and sits around dazed on the wreckage and then slowly begins building another machine (or subsititute church, school, White House, nuns, your parents) EXACTLY LIKE THE FIRST MACHINE. Ad nauseum. Put it on a loop. If you want to make change, run for office, volunteer, change yourself, improve your family, work together with your friends.

I've been wondering, what with all this shouting about socialism, if perhaps those of us with Literature backgrounds might be better informed than those with say other types of education. I mean, here's some of the courses I had to take at uni - Russian Lit, European History, the Bible, the Existential Hero in Modern Lit, Poets of the Great War, World Myth, African Lit, Civil War Novels of South America, Early American Lit, the Post Modern Short Story, Speculative Science Fiction. And on and on and on. Is the fictional narrative less educational than nonfiction? I'm beginning to think it's more instructive. Were all of us smoking cloves and drinking lunch over in the Humanities department learning more about history than the other departments? It's intriguing. Of course, I also minored in Philosophy and those course titles are even more revealing of an in-depth study of the human condition throughout our time here.

Back to reading because I'm done with TV for a bit. Joyce Carol Oates, who I oftten struggle with, is good in her short form - The Corn Maiden. Devouring Brian Evenson, the philosophical horror writer. And Theodora Goss, the deep-thinking penner of fairytales. Good stuffs.