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My heart leaps up…

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…when I read this sort of thing in Coetzee’s new one… (bought one, still warm from the press, today…)

If none is left who will pronounce judgment on such a life, if the Great Judge of All has given up judging and withdrawn to pare his nails, then he will pronounce it himself: A wasted chance.

Compare (from Joyce’s Portrait):

The artist, like the God of creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his
fingernails.

And further back, from Flaubert’s letters, what Joyce was filially deranging:

An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere, and visible nowhere. Art being a second Nature, the creator of that Nature must behave similarly. In all its atoms, in all its aspects, let there be sensed a hidden, infinite impassivity. The effect for the spectator must be a kind of amazement. “How is all that done?” one must ask; and one must feel overwhelmed without knowing why.

So Coetzee’s running it in reverse… Not like god paring his fingernails… but god himself that we’re worried about. But wait: not god but “the Great Judge of All.” Think I see where we’re headed here – do you?
In the previous paragraph we had “the word of the gods, tapped out on their occult typewriter.”
Oh boy…
I’ll keep you posted…

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September 24, 2005 at 1:00 am

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Distance Learning

One of my students approached me after class the other day to ask a question, and said when he reached me at the front of the class: “Whoa! You look much taller in person!”

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September 16, 2005 at 11:56 pm

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Maybe he missed the fedex

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that held last weeks talking points for liberal media plants, or maybe someone just had to give the “thinking man’s conservative” a talking to about too much thinking man, not enough conservative…
But, have no fear, Brooks is back:

So of course we need limited but energetic government. But liberals who think this disaster is going to set off a progressive revival need to explain how a comprehensive governmental failure is going to restore America’s faith in big government.

Hate to think what his masters and minders have in mind when it comes to “energetic government” but I think AvW is starting to figure it out
(Oh, and while we’re in the land of the Worden: who knew that the CIA takes Mac over PC. Think different indeed…)

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September 11, 2005 at 11:12 pm

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Market Update

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Anyone else notice lately that there’s been a run on human lives in the market of public opinion?

Administration officials have maintained that the U.S. needs to try to develop a nuclear warhead that would be capable of destroying deeply buried targets including bunkers tunneled into solid rock.
But opponents said that its benefits are questionable and that such a warhead would cause extensive radiation fallout above ground killing thousands of people. And they say it may make it easier for a future president to decide to use the nuclear option instead of a conventional weapon.
The Senate voted 53-43 to include $4 million for research into the feasibility of a bunker-buster nuclear warhead. Earlier this year, the House refused to provide the money, so a final decision will have to be worked out between the two chambers.

From here.
What infection, what ideological pestilence, informs the first, wrong step of response: just thousands? unless we get to tens of thousands, or better yet hundreds, we’re not yet at the level of the serious.
An upping of the ante has been going on. 9/11, Iran earthquake, tsunami, NOLA… (the first and the last, because we’re talking ‘Merican lives, count treble or even more…)

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September 11, 2005 at 2:40 am

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Faith Based

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Condi Rice on Sunday:

“There are some things the president can do; there are some things the government can do,” Smith told about 300 worshippers during a rollicking two-hour service. “But God can do all things. I want you to know he’s never late. He’s always on time.”
Rice later echoed the call for patience.
“The Lord is going to come on time — if we just wait,” she said.

All kidding aside, honestly, I think this statement is fairly emblematic of the ideological bait-and-switch that’s been going on for 2 decades here in the US of A.
Funny how the hurricane’s bringing all this stuff up to the surface…

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September 6, 2005 at 1:20 pm

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Little Somalia

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From the horse’s mouth:
“This place is going to look like Little Somalia,” Brig. Gen. Gary Jones, commander of the Louisiana National Guard’s Joint Task Force told Army Times Friday as hundreds of armed troops under his charge prepared to launch a massive citywide security mission from a staging area outside the Louisiana Superdome. “We’re going to go out and take this city back. This will be a combat operation to get this city under control.”
You mean, like this?
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Or perhaps the video game version, except the guy should have a bag of pampers or some wonderbread in his hands.
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Lovely nation we’ve got here…

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September 5, 2005 at 2:02 am

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In Case You Haven’t Seen It…

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Mike Davis’s 2004 piece on New Orleans, Race, and Hurricane from the Nation. You have to scroll down a bit…

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September 4, 2005 at 10:43 pm

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