It is impossible to read this, William Vollmann’s 2500-page examination of the morality of violence, without reflecting on one’s own relationship to violence. And so here is a story: During my undergrad years I helped pay my tuition by working in a small mom-and-pop video store with an extensive (for our location, anyhow) pornography collection.
“‘Something Happened’ is black humor with the humor removed.” –Kurt Vonnegut I thought I liked depressing novels. And I do. But I’ve reached my limit. I will not be able to read a book more depressing than Something Happened, Joseph Heller’s second novel. If I read another book and find the emotional suffering to be
*** The 95 Cent Skool is a 6 day long experimental seminar that will be offered in Oakland, California, July 26-31, 2010. It is convened by Joshua Clover and Juliana Spahr. It will explore the possibilities of poetry writing as part of a larger social practice, at a distance from the economic and professional expectations
Apparently, if Americans could make Avatar then we could fake 9/11 and the Jews could fake the holocaust… Before reading this article I had little to no interest in a film where American military try to conquer an indigenous people so that they could collect a resource called “unobtainium”… but now that I’ve read this