[UPDATE: I wrote this just after Trump’s election.]
After a week or so of media blackout, staying shit-faced drunk and listening to Leonard Cohen’s ‘Everybody Knows’ on continuous loop I finally came down off the ledge. When I did I started reading as much as I could, trying to figure out what the hell happened. Is the US really that profoundly bigoted?
As I read and contemplated, read and pondered, read and thought I realized I haven’t been this turned upside down since just after 9/11. In the months after that I also felt blindsided, like I didn’t understand the world I lived in, or how we had arrived at such a perilous state.
At the time I ran a blog titled ‘Alien Intelligencer’. Originally intended to be a grab-bag of cool things I found on the Internet, it morphed into a space I could process what I learned in the run up to our permanent war.
I kept that blog up until 2008. It was terrific fun and I learned a lot. (The tagline was “There is no other,” which I still think is a pretty good tagline.) I finally shut it down because my interests had shifted. I was in grad school and working on some non-anonymous blogs more in line with my studies.
In the left-hand column of Alien Intelligencer I maintained a list of quotes I found meaningful. Looking back at it, this one seems most prescient:
“The advanced societies of the future will not be governed by reason. They will be driven by irrationality, by competing systems of psychopathology.” –JG Ballard
NEXT: Revise and Dissent & Patahistory
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died
Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long-stem rose