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[May. 18th, 2004|01:54 pm]
Cassie
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I'm just another pseudo-intellectual with a livejournal....

I must admit that I am enjoying this book (James Joyce's Dubliners) far more than I thought I would. Although I enjoyed Finnegan's Wake when I first read it way back in high school, I did not have high hopes for this book. I don't know why. Possibly because those who have read it before did not give it best reviews. That's fine. It has become a constant companion to me and I think I'll be done with it by the end of this week, which means I'll have to go back to the library to satisfy my cravings.

Two things. It is weird to me to be back in America again after so long away. Living in Europe for a year has really changed the way I view life, and I miss it already.

Second of all, I am so tired of hearing about the beheading video of Nick Berg. I really am. Several of my well-meaning friends, in an attempt to educate me, have clucked their tongues over the savagery of "people over there." I quote them directly. People over there. As if all Iraqis are running around with knives held high, waiting to behead "innocent" Americans. Forget that the majority of Iraqi people are scared & tired of conflict and weary of American presence.

This is the problem with most people--that by using examples of "barbarous" actions against Americans in Iraq, we are fostering the image that they are all disgusting, barbaric people.  We can forget America has committed more than its share of "barbarous actions" in our attempt to dehumanize these people. If we can only breed anger and outrage in America's people, then the war will have meaning and will be justified.

People are people. No one is innocent. Our actions are fucked, their actions are fucked. There will be no end to the conflict if all we can do is hate. Peace is not achieved by holding up examples of atrocities committed. Peace can only be achieved when there is responsibility and accountibility for actions on either side, and a desire to move on, to work for another end.

The inflammatory hate speech used by right wing talk show hosts will only serve to make the majority of Americans lose their heads and believe the war is right. Correction. It already has, in some instances.

 

Good day.

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From: xdumbfuckx
2004-05-18 09:20 pm (UTC)
Cassie, I love you.

We'll talk when I get back from Cleveland.
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[User Picture]From: marzipans11
2004-05-18 10:08 pm (UTC)
wow, I think I really really like your political views...
And I read another James Joyce, Portait of an Artist as a Young Man, and it was pretty freakin' lame. I hoped the Dubliners was better, cause I just didn't see much of a point in Portrait. I did however enjoy the writing style in it because he set it to match the age of his character as the boy grew up.
(Nice to meet you by the way.) :P :)
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From: sister__scandal
2004-05-18 10:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's rare to hear approval of my "bizarre political affiliations." I'm a political outcast, midear (only joking).

That book to me is the worst of Joyce's literature. I couldn't stomach it at all. Dubliners is far better and much more enjoyable. I would recommend it, even if you don't like Portrait....


Book nerds of the world unite, eh?
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[User Picture]From: marzipans11
2004-05-18 11:41 pm (UTC)
i would love to unite with all the book nerds of the world, but i think most of them hide out of shame. ;)
Yeah, actually somebody told me that Dubliner's was good... I was going ot read it this year but I ran out of time. Surprise surprise.
yay for political outcasts! actually I'm only slightly left of moderate Democrats, but I've held the opinion for a long time that bush and his stupid oil war need to go and stop playiing itself as 'patriotic' to garner support. I've only heard a little about Nicolas Berg and your insight was new to me... but it's true! The beheading was a gruesome thing but no more gruesome than some of the acts WE'VE committed, and it was perpetrated by ZEALOTS. What are zealots again? The fact that beheading is indeed a punishment in Iraq does not make Iraqis barbaric, since they live a harsher life in general than we soft Americans do.
And don't get me started on the war itself. :P
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From: sister__scandal
2004-05-19 01:57 am (UTC)

hooray for online dictionaries

Main Entry: zeal·ot
Pronunciation: 'ze-l&t
Function: noun
Etymology: Late Latin zelotes, from Greek zElOtEs, from zElos
1 capitalized : a member of a fanatical sect arising in Judea during the first century A.D. and militantly opposing the Roman domination of Palestine
2 : a zealous person; especially : a fanatical partisan

Basically, a fanatic.

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[User Picture]From: corvus
2004-05-19 12:44 am (UTC)
Howdy. You like opera, dumpster diving, and anarchist theory. I like dumpster diving and anarchist theory. I've been meaning to start liking opera for a while now. I added you. Cheers!

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From: sister__scandal
2004-05-19 01:57 am (UTC)

you don't like opera...?

Well, one can't have it all. :-)


I added you back.
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[User Picture]From: corvus
2004-05-19 09:42 pm (UTC)

Re: you don't like opera...?

I want to like opera! I like Klaus Nomi and Diamanda Galas, both of whom used operatic techniques (?) in their music. I just haven't gotten around to listening to the real deal yet. It'll happen soon, I'm sure. Anything you'd recommend?
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From: sister__scandal
2004-05-19 10:58 pm (UTC)

Re: you don't like opera...?

I'll come up with a recommended listening list for you. I just recently really got into opera too, although I grew up around it. So I guess I can't really fault you for not listening to the real deal yet, huh? :-)

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