Saturday, June 11, 2011


Some people find a lot of arguments convincing. I can explain how if the USG is acting abroad (think spring 2011 Libya), it's necessarily in the perceived best interests of the USG's relevant actors, which they concede is convincing. Then here comes Krauthammer or Obamagressive to counter the obvious and my friend sees a quandary. But it all seems so true!! What you're saying seems true (that's me), what they're saying seems true (USG defenders). A lot of confusion.

This looks like a problem of cognition at first glance but it's not. On the one side is cognitive dissonance--the emotional recognition of contradiction as repulsive. I'm exposing contradictions and creating discomfort. My deal brings the downside of being alone in the world and your parents having been un-heroes, among other things. On the other side is repetition, the comfort of a parental protector, the satisfaction that we're doing good, the embarassment of annexing a position outside of what is accepted by the own group. This is an emotional struggle. That the USG is the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world today" is as intellectually obvious as a pre-Algebra equation.

Monday, June 6, 2011

from the heart

Jazz is improvization, from the heart, as they say on Treme. In that moment of creation, is there some referencing of theory? Does the artist rifle through her cool sound combo index (CSCI) to find the good shit? Whatever it is that creates beauty is the same that feels beauty. So if you take your felt beauty and try to apply some analysis...