November 4, 2017
“In many ways, fears of Russian interference unfolded in Victorian Britain in a manner not unlike what we see today. As was the case in Wilde’s era, the specter of an external threat had a way of unmasking internal strife.”
That’s Jennifer Wilson in a brief essay with a focus on Wilde’s first play, Vera, at The Paris Review‘s blog.
September 4, 2017
The poet John Ashbery is gone. The above photograph of Ashbery was taken at the Villa Madama, Rome, Italy, in 1963.
July 30, 2017
Let’s revise the U. S. Constitution a smidge and elect Vladimir Putin President of the U. S.–that’s my take on the matter at the end of all the neo-McCarthyite, Russophobic, Clintonian partisan bullshit and brouhaha emanating from the injured Right wing of the Democratic Party. Sure Putin looks like Ernst Stavro Blofeld, but the fact is he’s a lot more sober and saner than either Hillary Clinton or La Donald. Very Obama-like, in fact–and that’s not exactly praise coming from me–and it would probably be the least of three evils to have him in the White House, if one has to confine one’s imagination to those options. Here’s Oliver Stone and Truthdig’s Robert Scheer rapping on Stone’s recently-released interviews with Putin–a tv series and also an audiobook which digs up information in even greater detail–courtesy of Truthdig and KPFK.
I’m not big on the work of Oliver Stone–though I did like Platoon a long time ago–but recently he’s been doing some decent documentary stuff. (The Untold History of the United States, Stone’s 2012 documentary series, is surprisingly and refreshingly free of conspiracy theorizing foolishness.)
July 18, 2017
“If Donald Trump had stood before 19 countries, his white skin practically gleaming under lights and television cameras, and said that Africa’s problems weren’t due to anything else but having too many kids and a ‘civilization problem’ every liberal from Portland to Massachusetts would collectively shit themselves with rage. They would decry the inhumanity in Rightist thinking, its racism, and above all it’s desire to maintain a brutally hierarchical status-quo.”
From “Macron, Much Like Centrism, Is a Vile Predatory Piece of Garbage” by Dr. Bones, via disinfo.
But when recently-elected “centrist” French President Emmanuel Macron pulls the same vampire-rabbit out of his magical neoliberal ass, so-called liberals in the U. S. ooh and aah and clap clap clap. The French people “dodged a bullet” when they elected Macron instead of the more openly bigoted Right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen a short time ago–so declared the U. S. economist and reputedly liberal pundit Robert Reich. While I was quite happy to see Le Pen’s campaign go down in flames, I think it would be far more accurate and honest to say that the French dodged one bullet only by taking another.