“How human the night is. And we have walked through breathing. So they smoke in the park and pee in the greenery. Everything barks. Our woods are full of great noises, and a great noise is worth being hunted by.” And the Kreyol women’s hands suffer oyster shells, shucking til their thumbs are bat lilies. This is Pearl Harbor Day. Oi, talk to me, don’t give me pseudo-objective authoritarian references, which are highly tendentious. And yes, I did fall in vomit at McDonalds today (my own vomit) shortly after buying a used sex toy which I turned into a pipe so I could smoke some crack, which I needed after waking to find a raccoon in my bedroom waving a sign reading Third Term For Obama! My point is that babies might will to omnipotence, but they obviously are not actually omnipotent. Neither powered up by a solid sense of (or even desire for) legitimacy, nor a control freak with regard to the possibilities of comprehension, I abide with the weaker neighborhoods of thought, where things do not always work out or offer the narcissistic comfort of landing in the vicinity of secured sense. This time, in order to get a running start on the motif of the loser son, a pervasive world-denting irritant, I am going after authority, a problem that has attracted relatively weak bolsters and, for the most part, only tentative interventions. Yet my first response upon seeing the cartoon was to think of H.R. Giger’s work on the Alien film. Had he seen Artzybasheff’s cartoon? Were Ridley Scott’s aliens firing cutlery through space as part of some cosmic joke? And if one of their stray teapots did get dragged into orbit between Earth and Mars, does that in turn validate the concept of a Christian God? Yeah, I did read that. 5 dead. Do they know who’s responsible? Even if they can't “prove” it? No, they “don’t.” There are always so-called “men in black” said to be controlled by an “unknown power” hanging about demonstrations here and occasionally shooting people. Someone knows who they are, but nobody is telling. This time they managed to shoot (presumably at random) a couple of redshirts, a couple of students, and a Cambodian immigrant worker. The BBC reporting of events here is poor because they wound up their Thai service about 10 years ago and rely on UK nationals, some flown in for the occasion and pretty clueless. They latched on to the idea that the “redshirts” (government supporters, said often to be agricultural workers from the north and northeast and ergo “the people”) are pitched against the “yellow shirts” (said to be middle-class and from Bangkok and ergo “the elite”). So they avoid trying to explain e.g. why the students were fighting redshirts, especially students from Ramkhamhaeng University, a public university attended by students from poorer backgrounds. In other words, the political divisions here need very careful analysis and interpretation which they’re often not providing (the current correspondent, Jonathan Head, is better than most, however). I hope you followed that ... BTW all is peaceful here, 500km away from Bangkok. It’s been a very excellent day of drinking and poetry with Frances Kruk, Shane Anderson, Sean Bonney, Christina Chalmers and others. You are all exceedingly dark and painful creatures. But under communism we will be crystalline, and all we will need to do is defeat the blood penguin.
[Note: Sources: Jackqueline Frost, quoted in “The Soft Appeal by Jackqueline Frost”, at Nous-zot, 23 Nov 011, and “Dieu Est un Lieu où Certains Saint-Spectacle Gisait or, «God Is a Place Where Some Holy Spectacle Lies»”, at La Fovea; JBR; Out to Lunch (Ben Watson), FB comment, 7 Dec 013; JBR, FB post, 7 Dec 013 (some kinda FB game I stumbled into; hat tip to Dorothy Auyong); Avital Ronell, “Authority : Avital Ronell”, at Political Concepts; JBR; El Hombre Invisible, “Flying Saucers Explained - God & Cosmic Teapots”, at Include Me Out, 7 Dec 013; JBR, FB chat with Graham Jefcoate, 7 Dec 013, about some murders during a campus demo; Graham Jefcoate, FB chat with JBR, 7 Dec 013; JBR; Jacob Bard-Rosenberg, FB post, 7 Dec 013]