“Let the good incendiaries with charred fingers come! Here they are! Heap up the fire to the shelves of the libraries! Divert the canals to flood the cellars of the museums! Let the glorious canvases swim ashore! Take the picks and hammers! Undermine the foundation of venerable towns!”—Ah, The Futurist Manifesto. Brilliant, but totally bonkers - here
“What I call middle-class society is any society that becomes rigidified in predetermined forms, forbidding all evolution, all gains, all progress, all discovery. I call middle-class a closed society in which life has no taste, in which the air is tainted, in which ideas and men are corrupt. And I think that a man who takes a stand against this death is in a sense a revolutionary.”—
Anyone calls Mr Feastingonroadkill middle class, gets special hard pussycat death glare.
“I’ve never liked Morrissey. His band the Smiths all but wrecked Brit alt-music in the 1980s. And then there was his penchant for dodgy statements about race and ethnicity. …should we be surprised that the man who more or less invented indie (and who more than anybody else personifies it) should turn out to have such sterile, reactionary, monocultural views?”
Mr Feastingonroadkill did - had him sussed from the outset.
In Afghanistan Nato is fast uncoupling from reality, jeopardising its future unity and squandering huge sums of money. American generals were right about Nato. It fights a good peace but a terrible war. Cameron can parrot Gordon Brown in saluting the bravery of British troops in Helmand, but the brutal truth is that their generals and politicians have failed them. In four years they have neither secured territory nor bolstered the Kabul regime. As in south Iraq, they have had to be rescued by American reinforcements. Apologists are reduced to such strategies as, “We cannot just walk away”.
The Afghan war is a disaster. It is three months since the great battle of Marja was euphorically reported by the British press as turning over a new leaf in Helmand. Accounts in this week’s New York Times indicate that the Taliban are in effect back in control and exacting terrible revenge on collaborators. This has been the unchanging pattern of operations in the region since 2006, yet there is no change in policy
“Such a shame about punk and post-punk. They all worshipped the Sex Pistols, users of unapologetically racist imagery, which then transferred itself onto its followers and lead to some really fucked up shenanigans. (I wrote a paper on it in high school!) 3/4 of Joy Division’s band names were directly related to Nazi regalia (including New Order). While people like Siouxsie Sioux (born a Jew— NOT TRYING TO RHYME) repented, Johnny Rotten is still a racist (ask the guy from Bloc Party).”—
“I went down to the market where all the women shop/ I pulled out my machete and I begin to chop/ I went down to the park where all the children play/ I pulled out my machine gun and I begin to spray.”—US Miltary Boot Camp authorised marching chant. Preparing em for Iraq.: Training that makes killing civilians acceptable
“…the driving force is the refusal to grow up, to mature, to perform efficiently and “normally” in and for society, which compels the vast majority of the population to “earn” their living in stupid, inhuman, and unnecessary jobs.”—Herbert Marcuse. Who back in 1969 had worked out why we’d all be on tumblr…