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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
No, Oxford is William Faulkner's stomping ground. The Nazi rocket scientists were at Huntsville, Alabama. So was my father, for a time, when he was a rocket scientist.
flw From: flw Date: December 26th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wow.

It is in thinking about your trip through Mississippi and Alabama (The Nazis Germans were somewhere in Mississippi at the very beginning, I know it.) and your point that there are pockets of civilization there that got me thinking and rethinking about wars, how they are won and lost, and how some people are able to move seamlessly across what are defined for the rest of us as "enemy lines". I was thinking about Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds. I wrote an incredibly long post about it.

I was just thinking how it is that I can be sharing the same space with someone who is my enemy, how war is constant, how we are losing the war, how we could win it, and why we are choosing to "lose" the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are choosing to lose because the purpose of the war is to redefine and resecure artificial cultural barriers. That's what I think. Oh... read my post...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's a great post! Ultimately, I think we are losing those wars so that middle-of-the-road Americans get comfortable with Middle Eastern food and the people who come along with it. I don't mean that flippantly. Taste is the most conservative sense and the one that affects politics most deeply. If we develop a taste for another culture, our relation to it will be forever altered. Yes, we have a taste for Mexican food and still have all the border nonsense. But most people below, say, age 40 are completely comfortable with the existence of Mexicanness in their midst, whatever they might say for Fox News.
flw From: flw Date: December 26th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
An excellent example of how the Definer class is capable of moving from culture to culture without touching down and Producers view cultural distinctions as inherent and fixed.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I agree.
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