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November 10, 2007


LA - Have you read Mailer's Advertisments For Myself?

Good book. Over the past few years, I've spent a great deal of time with Miami and the Siege of Chicago along with other articles he wrote during the mid to late '60s.

I think the first Mailer piece I read was "The White Negro" back in college. Like most of what he wrote, I had two reactions: attraction and repulsion. I don’t think I understood “The White Negro” back then. As I look over it now, one passage stands out the most: “A totalitarian society makes enormous demands on the courage of men, and a partially totalitarian society makes even greater demands for the general anxiety is greater. Indeed if one is to be a man, almost any kind of unconventional action often takes disproportionate courage. So it is no accident that the source of Hip is the Negro for he has been living on the margin between totalitarianism and democracy for two centuries….”

That passage makes me question the relationship between culture and politics. I’m curious as to when our culture will collectively react to the events of the past eight years. But I’m getting off the subject now.

You could make a case that GeeDubs is the postmodern Mailerian hipster w/ his roguish behavior re Int Law, his transactional moral - and his cultivation of a culture of violence.

Just a sidenote - Your blog is difficult to type on for some reason -- You have to press the keyboard over and over - I do not have this prob w/ other blogs, so I know that it's not my keyboard.

I don't seem to be having any problems typing. Maybe something was going on with the server for time.

I'm guessing it's a widget issue. I deleted the offending widget. Let me know if there's any other problems, please.

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