Sunday, December 11, 2016

Is That Grasp Alone

I posted this a week or so ago, it's important: And here we begin to see how the age of social media resembles the pre-literate, oral world. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other platforms are fostering an emerging linguistic economy that places a high premium on ideas that are pithy, clear, memorable and repeatable (that is to say, viral). Complicated, nuanced thoughts that require context don’t play very well on most social platforms, but a resonant hashtag can have extraordinary influence. Evan Spiegel, the chief executive officer of Snap Inc., grasped the new oral dynamics of social media when he told the Wall Street Journal: “People wonder why their daughter is taking 10,000 photos a day. What they don’t realize is that she isn’t preserving images. She’s talking.

This is why I my eyes besides can't read novels like I used to. I hate motherfucking epistolmology I don't care how I apprehend a fuck I'm more interested in investigating the fuck itself. Shit be happening faster than I'm used to apprehending, yo. This is not an accident I'm being re-programmed it's why these fucking run-on sentences in straining to keep up my fiction clock fucked up.

  • A tale of two countries.
  • How will capitalism end? This isn’t the violent overthrow envisaged by Marx and Engels. In The Communist Manifesto, they argued that capitalism’s “gravediggers” would be the proletariat. Nearly 170 years later, Streeck is predicting that the capitalists will be their own gravediggers, through having destroyed the workers and the dissidents they needed to maintain the system. What comes next is not some better replacement but is more akin to the centuries-long rotting away of the Roman empire.
  • Something in the street.
  • 19 things learned from the election, plus 5 more.
  • Imploding.
  • Russia! NATO! Trump!
  • Throw the celebrity clowns away: What all the celebrities mentioned in the Atlantic piece have in common is that for the last 18 months, they acted as spokespeople for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Some even provided Clinton bit-parts on their shows to help her remove some of the stigma that she had justly accumulated during decades of laying waste to large swathes of the global South. But something interesting happened after Clinton became a failed presidential candidate for the second time. In the deluge of imbecilic and childish cultural texts designed to flatter liberals (including letters from popular fictional characters exhorting their fans to stay the course), a small space has opened up for pointing out that these celebrated celebrity clowns are actually a hindrance to combating a reactionary tide.
  • Trump, the man in the crowd.
  • Partisan ups and downs. See, this is why I maintain Moribund and Mor(e)ibund.
  • Maggie's weekly links.
  • { feuilleton }'s weekly links. 
  • Bottom's Dream. I'm not going to buy it, but now that I can't read fiction I might be able to read it.


Denise Levertov

From the tawny light
from the rainy nights
from the imagination finding
itself and more than itself
alone and more than alone
at the bottom of the well where the moon lives,   
can you pull me

into December? a lowland
of space, perception of space
towering of shadows of clouds blown upon
clouds over
                  new ground, new made
under heavy December footsteps? the only
way to live?

The flawed moon
acts on the truth, and makes   
an autumn of tentative
You lived, but somewhere else,
your presence touched others, ring upon ring,
and changed. Did you think   
I would not change?

                              The black moon
turns away, its work done. A tenderness,
unspoken autumn.   
We are faithful
only to the imagination. What the
as beauty must be truth. What holds you
to what you see of me is
that grasp alone.


  1. an interesting paragraph from russia, nato, trump

    Vladimir Putin is invariably tagged in the Western media as a former KGB officer, the implication being that he can best be understood as a product of that culture. But he was not a typical product in one respect at least. When the Soviet Union fell apart, most of the other demobbed KGB officers chased money. Putin chased power in the old public sector, accepting a job as a deputy mayor of St. Petersburg under Anatoly Sobchak, perfecting there the stealthy and ruthless political style that carried him to the Kremlin within a decade. He believed in power when power seemed to have lost its value; and he judged, brilliantly, that power could always be converted into money later, at a much improved exchange rate.

  2. xraymike79's essay

    finishes with a link to a video by moby - "these systems are failing"

    we see trump making faces at 3:17

    but if you want real hardcore doomism, you should browse over to, "nature bats last"

  3. this front page of the philadelphia daily news is good