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"Cyniquian" Level Poster
Post Number: 289
|Posted on Monday, June 07, 2004 - 03:46 pm: |
You musta read a different book. I read Heart of Darkness as a nuerotic diatribe about what getting close to them darkies (the Darkness) will do to you. That you start going "native" or turning black, just like all those folks who warned parents about letting their kids listen to "jass" music and rock n roll and jungle rhythms.
You say, "Of course Conrad is a racist". Then you go on to the "but". There is no but. So we have to discard the book. Good. You are what you eat or read. People don't want to believe that writings, stories, poems, etc have a quality unlike spells--that they are hoodoos, as Ishmael Reed says. If you take in a hoodoo that hates you without proper preconditioning or if you are not strong, it makes you sick just like eating spoiled food. Oh yes. Think of reading Mein Kampf. Some excellent parts in there especially about propaganda and public speaking. Try to get it placed on a reading curriculum in any literature appreciation class (esp in New York City). Think Nietchze. Heavy Philsopher. Some thundering passages in Thus Spake Zarathustra. Try to tell that to 'em at Oral Roberts University
Why the hell should we be understanding? Ain't nobody else!
And, is it my imagination, or does it just seem that you are finding hidden homoeroticism in every topic?
I guess that's okay, but I don't remember you seeing that when we discussed the pros and cons of superhero comic books (big sweaty mens in tights, beating up other big sweaty mens in tights, and dressing up like bats and hanging out in caves with their teenaged "wards"(!)
Maybe he went there to defend Conrad ""Heart of Darkness" Just listen to that title. Don't that conjure up Tarzan movies? Cocaine crazed Negro rapists out to violate white womanhood? King Kong? Maybe face to face with Achebe his own doubts were blown to smithereens.
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