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Naked Boy With Snake
I keep looking at the cover to the paperback edition of Edward Said's Orientalism, which has been on top of the stack next to my desk for a few months.

My three most commonest reponses to it are A) to think that I'd really like to see the sights in the Middle East ; B) to get a terrible craving for Middle Eastern food; and C) to wonder how guilty I should feel for sensing that Said's methodology would work just as well for other aesthetically and politically overdetermined words like "punk." Somehow, I don't think any of them are the sort that Said wanted to inspire in his readers.

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tpratt From: tpratt Date: June 18th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Dude, that quote on the top of that book is a lie. I read that while at San Jose State University in my Senior Seminar class or whatever it was. "Very Exciting" it most certainly was not. It would have put James Brown on a full lid of PCP to sleep. Then again, my copy didn't have the sweet prepubescent buttshot on the cover, so hey, what do I know. You want to talk a hungry-making book, my money's on Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London or Gogol's Dead Souls.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 18th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like it well enough, but I wouldn't call it "exciting" either. And those two you mention are pretty great.
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