A Thought for the Day
Especially as one grows older and frailer and therefore more capable of giving voice or telling a yarn than of scoring the winning goal or otherwise establishing some point by brute force, the niceties and potentiation of language—of expressing things just so, of inducing in others an emotional or intellectual response, of leaving a record if not indelible at least less likely to moulder and decay over the course of a few maggoty months—become for many people relatively more important and vastly more interesting than bodily contortions alone, a compelling mental aspect of the particular beastly capacities of human beings that other creatures hereabouts do not possess, an interlocution of what is actual and tangible in life’s variegated panoply in relation to which elders ought to have the mandate to create freely and fulsomely before they journey forever into the vast void’s mystery.
This Day in History
This date marks, though the delineation makes Americans especially uncomfortable, International Sex Workers Day, a demarcation of the ‘profession,’ along with the military labors that bring it to the fore, that is as old as civilization; one thousand five hundred seventy-two years ago, Vandal fighters whose honor the imperious Roman rulers had trampled breached the defenses of Rome and proceeded to plunder the city and its surrounding areas for a fortnight or more; five hundred sixty-five years hence, just over a millennium ago in 1010, the martial engagement at Aqbat al-Bakr effected a defeat that foreshadowed the dissolution of the Caliphate of Cordoba and the extension of the Reconquista in the Iberian Peninsula; MORE HERE
- “Identity is not inherent. It is shaped by circumstance and sensitivity and resistance to self-pity.”
― Dorothy West,
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A Boston Review article discussing the work of a thoughtful and talented scribe who resembles a modern day Voltaire: “In one of the letters to an anonymous correspondent in which he chronicles his adventures, Saeed the Pessoptimist explains how he inhabits his name under such conditions: “I don’t differentiate between optimism and pessimism and am quite at a loss as to which of the two characterizes me. When I awake each morning I thank the Lord he did not take my soul during the night. If harm befalls me during the day, I thank Him that it was no worse.” A self-consciously quixotic type, Saeed compares his adventures to those of Cervantes’s antihero, as well as to Candide’s. Fellow Palestinian writer Salma Jayyusi situates the Pessoptimist in a genealogy of three archetypes of Arabic literature going back to the eighth century: the picaresque hero, the fool, and the traitor/informer.”
A Lit Hub look at the inherent reality of writing, viewed through the work of a talented writer: “In a way, The Invented Part (trans. by Will Vanderhyden)—Fresán’s ninth book of fiction and second to be translated into English—subsumes all the books that preceded it. His most overtly autobiographical work to date, this novel—now merely the first book in a trilogy whose second volume has already been published in Spanish and whose third is well under way—is an exploration of the capacious mind and creative process of an aging writer, jaded by readers’ tweet-length attention spans and his own struggle to find a way to feel relevant and to keep on writing. That struggle plays out on the page, across seven novella-length sections that, in one way or another, are descriptions of the novel the writer is trying to write. All of it amounts to a novel (can I call this a novel?) that is quintessentially Fresanian: a carefully orchestrated yet tornadic crescendo of big ideas, leitmotifs, extended metaphors, humorous lists, surreal and satirical set pieces, reflective digressions, story sketches, and “referential mania,” revolving around questions about what it means to live and create art in our globalized, hyper-mediated, and technologized post-millennial world.”
A Boston Review posting that examines these disparate aspects of race and gender culture coming together in uncomfortable ways: “My immediate response to the criminal charges against 2 Live Crew was ambivalence: I wanted to stand together with the brothers against a racist attack, but I wanted to stand against a frightening explosion of’ violent imagery directed at women like me. My sharp internal division-my dissatisfaction with the idea that the “real issue” is race or that the “real issue” is gender– is characteristic of my experience as a black woman living at the intersection of racial and sexual subordination. To that experience black feminism offers an intellectual and political response: aiming to bring together the different aspects of an otherwise divided sensibility, it argues that black women are commonly marginalized by a politics of race alone or gender alone, and that a political response to either form of subordination must be a political response to both. When the controversy over 2 Live Crew is approached in light of such black feminist sensibilities, an alternative to the dominant poles of the public debate emerges.”
An Ian Welsh look at the pervasive persistence of identity politics, due to the sad realities in life: “That sense that even under relatively positive overall circumstances, how one is treated in life is nevertheless conditioned on the sufferance of the majority/dominant community unless one erases one’s entire particularity (and even then) is not a trivial feeling. It is a continuous burden, a headwind in life, and one that cannot be erased by exhortations to class solidarty and and one-sided demands to put the material advantages of class solidarity as prior to the domain of conflict called “identity politics.” Class solidarity does not erase those conflicts, does not remedy them, does not alone create a long-term, sustainable basis for rectification of discrimination. Minority groups remain vulnerable even when the dream of a more just economy is realized.”