Jul. 10th, 2017

Trump

Jul. 10th, 2017 12:55 pm
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Jamie Kirchick said, "Yes. Trump is guilty of being an unscrupulous, unpatriotic jerk. Not sure there's a federal statute against that though."

David Frum said, "If people beholden to Russia command the American state, there are more urgent questions than: Which law did they break to get there?"

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“This is the disgusting, stinking world of medieval Vienna. The darkness of this world is absolutely necessary to the meaning of the play…When this play is prettily staged, it is meaningless — it demands an absolutely convincing roughness and dirt.”

-- Peter Brook on "Measure for Measure"

Lorie

Jul. 10th, 2017 03:57 pm
monk222: (DarkSide: by spiraling_down)
Lorie came over. That means the bar is open. And it's not just beer or wine, but they hit the hard liquor, the whiskey, like they are in their early 20s in college and just discovering drunkenness, one of the last rites of passage to adulthood.

But they are in their 70s now. Maybe they just like it.

It might not be so bad if they were in their 40s or 50s. They would be merely annoying then. At this point, though, I cannot help fearing that Pop might never come back from it, that he won't have to worry about waking up with a hangover, that maybe he just won't wake up, ever, as I find him on the bathroom floor.

It is with this in my mind, as I am getting my dinner in the kitchen, with them sitting at the table, of course, drinking

that Lorie asks me to take her phone number and give her a call when Pop dies, like it's just an ordinary favor. I try to treat it straight. 'Yeah, sure, sure, just give me a card or something.' But she keeps pressing the issue, repeating herself, wanting something, apparently, more reassuring from me.

At one point, I stop playing nice.

"Why care now? The way to show you care would be to stop encouraging Pop to drink so heavily." This actually leads to a bit of an argument. She says to Pop, who can barely keep from sliding off his chair, "He blames me!" I try to repair that provocative piece of 'reality construction'. I say, "It's not about blame. You're adults: you can do what you want. But why act like you care so much, even as you toast him into his grave!?"

I suppose I struck a chord. This could have gotten nastier. For one thing, although Pop is barely conscious, he could have gone against me. Lorie was certainly trying to lead him that way, but Pop actually fixes on a key point: that she was the one who had to get all emotional about wanting to be called when he dies. And this eases us past this awkward episode.

I feel touched. I know how much he likes Lorie, and it is not always that he is on my side.
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Some treatment of Hannah Arendt

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In 1963, The New Yorker published five articles on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi chief of Bureau IV-B-4, a Gestapo division in charge of “Jewish Affairs.” Written by political thinker and Jewish activist Hannah Arendt, the articles and ensuing book, "Eichmann in Jerusalem", unleashed what Irving Howe called a “civil war” among New York intellectuals. While some reviews cursed Arendt as a self-hating Jew and Nazi lover, the Jewish Daily Forward accusing her of “polemical vulgarity,” Robert Lowell termed her portrayal of Eichmann a “masterpiece,” and Bruno Bettelheim said it was the best protection against “dehumanizing totalitarianism.” Across the city, Arendt’s friends chose sides. When Dissent sponsored a meeting at the Hotel Diplomat, a crowd gathered to shout down Alfred Kazin and Raul Hilberg—then the world’s preeminent Holocaust scholar—for defending Arendt, while in The Partisan Review Lionel Abel opined that Eichmann “comes off so much better in [Arendt’s] book than do his victims.”

In the years since that fiery time, "Eichmann in Jerusalem" has remained something to condemn or defend rather than a book to be read and understood. I therefore had some fears when I heard that German director Margarethe von Trotta was making a film about Arendt’s coverage of the trial. But "Hannah Arendt" accomplishes something rare in any biopic and unheard of in a half century of critical hyperbole over all things Arendt: it actually brings Arendt’s work back into believable—and accessible—focus.

-- Roger Berkowitz in Paris Review

Chores

Jul. 10th, 2017 06:35 pm
monk222: (DarkSide: by spiraling_down)
6:32. I am working up my courage, breathing in, breathing out, heavily. I am going to mow. The lawn needs it, and since it is also Grocery Week, I cannot put it off. I got to start on this today, tonight. It is brutal-hot out there. And I just don't feel like working. After the misadventure with the water heater, I feel like I deserve a couple of days of me-time. Fuck, I got to work and strain my muscles, get dirty and sweat, and have to take a shower. Uuugh...

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