Tuesday, December 24, 2019

A Result of Draining "Here" Off Into "There"

Jess is dead. We didn't like each other, tried. Our sociopath overlords job requirements do not require sociopath overlords to be *smart* enough to rule the world but *do* require them be smart enough to hire the most brilliant and assholish vampires to pave and maintain our sociopath overlords' avenues to amoral fuckerdom, I have faith in our sociopath overlords, I said last night to a friend, their assessment and success in the cattle industry, the stun noises I'm hearing up the kettled proof


Rae Armantrout

When we say the world is haunted
we mean untranslated
                                    as yet.

A “cathexis”
is a catch basin
in English.

A result of draining
“here” off into “there.”

Starbucks’s billion plastic straws
are green.

I know the leaves are whispering.
Tell me what my mother meant!


  1. 1)i am sorry for your loss

    2)armantrout mentions plastic straws - when i was a youngster, way back in the mid-twentieth century, we had paper straws - is there a reason why that couldn't happen again?

    3)with regard to faith in our sociopathic overlords, actor and author stephen tobolowsky says “It’s hard to believe in nothing. Even cats believe in suppertime."

    3a)tobolowsky goes to synagogue, by the way - not that there's anything wrong with that

    4)some of the songs we will sing at church tonight are centuries old, and i have known them all my life - and others i have just learned in the past few weeks, and they date from this millennium - all part of life's rich pageant in this time travelling adventure

    5)here in my eighth decade of life i have, for now, made my peace with organized religion - i assert that i am a believing unitarian, a practicing catholic, a doctor of philosophy, jsps


    7)practicing defined as 'saying the words and going through the motions' with good will towards my fellow parishioners who are doing the same thing



    11)may your days be merry and bright*

    12)and may the CREATIVE FORCES OF THE UNIVERSE stand beside us, and guide us, through the Night with the Light from Above**

    *irving berlin
    **adapted from irving berlin

  2. and speaking of faith in our sociopathic overlords, you point to adam kotsko's blog post about tenure anxiety - a book he has published is

    Why We Love Sociopaths : A Guide to Late Capitalist Television

    Adam Kotsko argues that the popularity of the ruthless sociopath reflects our dissatisfaction with a failed social contract, showing that we believe that the world rewards the evil and uncaring rather than the good.

    ISBN: 178099091X
    Release Date: April 2012

  3. Sorry about Jess. I didn't read anything today, taking a break from human hypocrisy tonight, tomorrow. You could spend all your time reading about all the hypocrisy or writing about it, but all it does is make you crazy. It's probably been this way since Mesopotamia. The only difference is now we have toilet paper. The computer I'm using to write this is made up of toxic components, products of abusive mining, the scrap of which is sent to poor Asian nations where they burn it for the precious metals, thus polluting the planet even more. How hypocritical is that?