» Conspiracy Theories & Salinger
Most interesting however, are the books that Salinger left to be published, beginning 2015. I cannot even imagine what goodies they might contain.
They call it an affair, but it may actually just be two writers shackin' up. No?
Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951. Salinger's last book was published in 1963 (.. same year, coincidently, that Kennedy was killed). Salinger died in 2010. Dude, that's almost 50 years worth of writing.
» "Writing a book is a horrible exhausting struggle; one would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon (.. whom one can neither resist nor understand) .. and Salinger had demons."
Oh! Looks like Oliver Stone is thinking about doing a biopic on Martin Luther King with Jamie Foxx and Spielberg. I would like to see that, yes. Oliver Stone could really get off the porch on that one.
I went to some Film School classes at USC with the Film School girl .. and in Film School circles, Oliver Stone is known as a master of conveying emotion thru the use of soundtrack and audio and audio effects [.. an angry lion roars! ].
I got respect for Foxx after I saw him in Ray. An impressive performance. He pulled it off.
I was introduced to a sense of the Culture-of-the-JFK-Age (zeitgest) by reading Epstein's bio on Dylan .. which starts about the time that Dylan himself arrived in NYC (in January, 1961) .. only a few years before the shooting.
» World War 1 + 1 Century = 2014 + The Trial of Josef K
Another zeitgeisty anniversary coming up is next year » the 100-year anniversary of World War I. (.. which began in July, 1914) .. the same time (almost to the day) that Kafka started writing » The Trial (.. which Le Monde ranks #3 in their list of the Best Books of the Entire Freaking Century).
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The Trial [ of Josef K ] was written in 1914 + 15, but not published until 1925, the year after Kafka died.
The story in the book has nothing to do with the First World War .. but I am curious if a reader might be able to intuit insights or signs or signals or tells ..
.. that the author realized (was aware, was conscious) .. that it had already arrived. And what effect that might be having on him. On his soul.
» But First
But before I get any further into that .. I first need to convert the previous entry into Moveable Type pages, which requires an extended period of focused concentration .. cuz you can't quit halfway thru.
I usually go for it with a cup of coffee on an empty stomach .. put down my head and plow. Tedious.
I have never let the home-page grow this big before (800-MB, compressed, with 700-MB worth of gfx). And I'm not quite done.
Okay, now that that's done. That entry turned out to be four pages .. my third 4-page entry. And yes, the conversion did suk very badly.
Digital Moveable Type + Hyperlink » Renaissance 2.0
If you think about it .. the other movable type (the one with no 'e' inserted before the 'a') .. represents the previous global information revolution. Johannes Gutenberg (1395-1468) and his wonderful printing press (1450).
» Breaching the Debt Ceiling Really Catastrophic?
"If I was selected to fight a battle .. in which the fate of mankind [ and more importantly, my ego ] rested on the outcome .. and I was allowed to choose the day .. I would choose the day of the October full moon." </2012_quote>
This year, the October full moon falls on the 18th .. the timing of which I can't help but find curious ..
Since the 18th is a Friday, I am curious why Jack picked the 17th for his drop-dead date. Is he saying that there are bills we can pay on Thursday, but not Friday? We have that kind of resolution? (to the day). Myself, I woulda picked Friday the 18th.
Now, I dont think that anybody feels we will really default on our debt obligations .. tho nobody seems able to point to a viable path forward .. other than » austerity. And perhaps the damage has already been done.
» Social Chaos & Martial Law
In January of this year, I wrote » If I wanted to take over the country, here is what I would do »
- get my buddies in congress to thwart raising the national debt ceiling on October 1st (.. to cause financial chaos).
- make friends with influential people in the military.
- pay thugs and goons to blow shit up, creating a need for martial law. </january_quote>
When exploring divisive political issues, I try to put myself into the shoes of each side .. to feel what they feel and see how they see the world. This is the best way to see the places where they agree and where they differ.
This is how I came up with my 3-step guide that you see reproduced above [.. by putting myself into the shoes of another and try to anticipate how they might respond, which requires compassion ].
When I wrote those three steps, I remember thinking how » you have to make a stand here .. that if you wait, things will only get worse (.. if you find yourself on this particular side of the debate). Like it's now or never.
It was the same feeling I had rock-climbing .. that I was losing strength by the second, so the best course of action was to take a few deep breaths and go for it .. no matter how impossible (or scary) the move might have looked. Otherwise failure is assured.
Korean Coast at Night » Otherworldly
They told us » "Dude, Martial law is in effect here between midnight and 4AM. The ROK Marines are under orders to shoot anybody found on the streets between those hours. And these guys dont play around. So if you get your ass shot, it's your own damn fault." (Only they didnt say 'dude'.)
Korea was the most otherworldly visual of my life .. coming in at night like that ..
.. the way the steep islands rose up out of the water all around us like that .. and disappeared into the low-hanging clouds ..
.. after you have seen NOTHING for the last few months .. except that too-ugly pale-green that the Navy uses .. because no other person on the face of the planet would ever want it. They neednt worry anyone will try to steal their green paint.
Pretty much *any* visual sight where you get to breath honest-to-God, real (un-refurbished, non-diesel scented) air .. and can see more than 20-meters .. can be somewhat overwhelming .. after months without.
But Korea at night .. I was genuinely overwhelmed, yes. With both the subtlety (very quiet) and the intensity of the otherworldliness. Hard to describe, but definitely a » "Whoa. We're not in Kansas any more."
So I intentionally took a mental-picture-image of that visual (because it was so cool) .. so I could examine more closely, later. And now seems to be 'later'. =)
Prostitution was legal there in Korea. That was something of a culture shock » "I love you long-time, Sailor Boy."
"How much does your love cost, pretty Korean girl?" =)
» America's Day of Reckoning Imminent?
Uh, I apologize for getting sidetracked there in Korea. We were talking about martial law & the government.
[ Tho some argue that we might have another week or two of wriggle room. ]
Wall Street and the market seems bored to tears. Like they're saying » "Dude, we have seen this movie before .. and every time we do, the markets always rally nicely afterwards." Heck, some even claim that the default is no big deal.
» Subtle JFK Reminder | 11-22=drop-dead date
Update - seems the Republicans have proposed to raise the debt ceiling until November 22 ..
Somehow my sense of their message is » "This is a threat you should take seriously .. more seriously than JFK did."
Recall how Ted Kennedy's endorsement-of-Obama was the thing that put Obama over (the Machine). So there seems to exist a Kennedy-Obama connection .. to some degree.
Note also that Obama's signature piece of legislation, the Health Care bill, was something that Ted Kennedy had been working on for many years.
My friends who know programming (far better than myself) tell me that one studly programmer can be worth ten (or more) mediocre programmers. At the time, his claim seemed farfatched. But now, maybe, not so much.
Does it not seem like Obamacare is being being funded disproportionately on the backs of the young?
By the way .. we passed the 17 Trillion mark .. in case anybody cares.
I know .. that it is » just numbers .. on a make-believe spreadsheet .. where the Fed enters numbers on a key-board and voila! » mo' money!
The Fed has invented a new type of economy .. called » The Keystroke Economy.
So the numbers don't really mean anything any more, right? (Smoke-n-mirrors.)
» Stendhal Captures the Dissatisfaction with the Current System
To be honest, it is blowing my mind a little. This Julien Sorel dude.
.. because he is known as a 'master-of-characterization' ..
.. but I am not sure exactly what they mean by that.
Intuitively, I feel that 'characterization' is » how you put things. How you 'characterize' them. (Tho I am not sure.)
With my own writing, I notice that I do indeed have a way of putting things.
I mean, for example, when I put John Boehner behind the wheel of Thelma & Louise's convertible on October 17th (.. as you will see very shortly) ..
.. pointing threateningly toward the abyss .. and have him say, "You think I won't drive this b*tch off the cliff?" ..
.. that (.. if indeed that is akin to Stendhal's famous 'characterization' .. then that seems to come from somewhere beyond me.
Yes, that does feel sophisticated. Imaging. In that sense, I often surprise myself.
But I may be talking about something else .. because soon as I got into the Red & the Black, I stopped looking for 'characterization' .. because of the similarities between then and now.
Sometimes you will notice that I even write (remark) » "Where does this stuff come from?!" .. as tho it is freaking me out.
I can feel many thoughts stirring on this subject, but they, for now, seem elusive. (Or maybe I am just not supposed to write them, yet.)
Here's what I can say on the topic (of what I am talking about) » "Big Brother vs the First Amendment" is a 'characterization'. No? "Tell me, sir .. how would you characterize thus-n-so?"
Anyway, now that I am reading Le Rouge et Le Noir (.. to try to see for myself Stendhal's famous 'characterization' in action) ..
The Red and the Black is one of the » Greatest 100 Books of All Time (in any language). Ever.
And I bet most people would place his novel closer to the top of that list than the bottom.
» Thelma & Louise Revving the Engine at T-Minus-99 on October 16
.. the one from Goldman ("Vampire Squid") Sachs .. which must be even better than the one he gets from the senate. (Dang!)
» The Need to Manage Appearances
So it seems to me that Ted is slipping in 'managing_appearances' category .. because that does not look good.
If Ted were working for my old nuclear boss, my boss would call him in ..
Your own people are saying it (.. cuz they don't want any of your lightning bolts getting off on them).
.. and how this moral excellence plays off of (again, in the CONTEXT OF) » corruption-in-the-world. (That's here "in the world," as there's no corruption in heaven.)
If however, you are getting all of your news and information from the SAME SOURCE .. uh, while that may indeed be fair, it is certainly not balanced. Feel me?
Speaking on the topic » appearence-of-hypocrisy .. I could not help but notice this paragraph:
» "Mary Cheney said she would continue to raise the matter. Reminded by a reporter that such criticism could complicate her sister's Senate campaign, Mary Cheney offered a clipped answer reminiscent of her father's terse style. 'Okay,' she said, before letting silence fill the air."
Wow. That is one tough girl. In a fight, you want her on your side. (Like a Jersey girl.)
She has conviction. If you think about it, it says a lot. A lot about a lot.
It's an intuitive thing. A dream I had ..
Like I said, it's just a dream .. so I wouldnt be too terribly concerned.
But .. if it happened *after* Jimmy dies .. yes, I would be looking more closely ..
.. specially if he dies on the Ides of March (.. the day of my dream) .. or under some curious circumstances.
Nothing against Jimmy, of course. Heck, I like Jimmy. I even respect him .. for his humanitarian work.
Oh. Update. Obama stood up to threats of Financial Armageddon and won. The Republicans came to with 99 minutes of initiating launch sequence (on October 17th).
Obama immediately gave a speech that said, "Nobody won," but everybody knows that is bullshit.
» "He wanted me to read the new book, The Great Gatsby, as soon as he could get his last and only copy back from someone he had loaned it to.
To hear him talk of it, you would never know how very good it was, except that he had the shyness that all non-conceited writers have when they have done something very fine, and I hoped that he would get the book quickly so that I might read it."
But speaking of Thelma & Louise...
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