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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Green Hills of Africa / E.H.

Hemingway and Nietzsche would have enjoyed each other's company, N. convinced compassion is a weakness ("God is dead.  He died of pity for man."), H. profoundly, bizarrely oblivious to the pain he inflicted on the kudu, lions, elephants, eland, and other big game he killed for sport and taste treats in Africa, justifying the slaughter on the grounds that the animals were killing each other on a round-the-clock basis without him and that his contribution to the butchery was "very minute and I had no guilty feeling at all."

Fundamentally dehumanized attitude, no?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

To Have & Have Not / Hemingway

Why we get one chapter from a minor character's point of view I couldn't tell you, but no serious harm done.  Story feels authentic.  I started reading this years ago but for some reason didn't finish it; enjoyed it very much this time around.  Unity is weak perhaps, all the material about the well to do elite fighting insomnia on their yachts bursting into the work unexpectedly toward the end, primary narrative seemingly abandoned, where did all these people come from?  Protag anti-hero deep sea fisherman Harry Morgan is driven by economic necessity into the criminal underworld and pays a stiff price.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro / Hemingway

He makes a point of dropping exotic place-names all over the place, a "subtle" form of boasting, or it's conspicuous consumption, wearing his travels on his sleeve, might as well have five or six heavy gold gangbanger chains around his neck and rings on every finger.

But I like it.

As usual in literature, a good deal of Negativity throughout.  Gored bullfighter feels the horn pass through him and into the sand of the ring beneath him--ouch!  The relevance of the italicized incidents that open every chapter not immediately apparent.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mountain View, California

Greetings & compliments of the day . . . .

The Last Novel / D. Markson

A charming compilation of quotes from the one of the most bizarre families to ever have lived.

The Genealogy of Morals / Nietzsche

He writes: "The worst readers--The worst readers are those who proceed like plundering soldiers: they pick up a few things they can use, soil and confuse the rest, and blaspheme the whole."

Now who does this call to mind?, lol.

Nothing for it but to let out a bursting Zarathustrian laugh, Capote known for never opening his mouth about a contemporary writer without slandering their talent.

Nietzsche, his misogyny extreme unto madness, is a skilled prose stylist, if a spewing spurting volcano of Negativity, hostility, lunatic arrogance, and penetrating insight into the darkest recesses of human character, but when The Genealogy climaxes with the claim that the will to truth is a "problem," one wonders where one is being led.

Antichrist / L. von Trier

A film guaranteed to lower the quality of your life and a striking example of Nietzsche's warning that the search for truth can be dangerous.  Problem is, once you see certain things, you can't unsee them.

Breaking the Waves was extreme.  Antichrist is art as permanently-staining horror.