Now listening to : The Lightning Seeds - 'Sense'
Especially recommended: Track 9, "Marooned"
I may just chalk this year up as language bootcamp and call everything else the deconstruction that had to happen for the 2nd year construction to be a really valid reconstruct. Which is to say that I am wholly confused as to whether religion is a subject for study. But I'm doing much better with my german adjective endings and my latin verb recognition (we're going to pretend for the moment that 'passive voice' does not, so much, exist). Why the grammar (of all things!) sticks and the actual theoretical underpinnings of Academicly Responsible Skepticism doesn't, I cannot say. Although - look at that - I've absorbed their injunction against contractions. Right. Deconstruction, deconstruction, deconstruction; I must be myself the supplement that breaks my text apart. It's amazing how much scoff I can summon up for the French right now.
I've just finished the first 10 episdoes of Season 1 Deadwood, with the last two waiting for me at home (I'm in a teahouse. Listening to BritPop. Reading about American Fundamentalism. I'm either very international, or globalization is just a matter of sitting back now and taking whatever's to hand). It is excellent, and I'm becoming a little obsessed with the Writer (oh, go figure.) David Milch. I recognize the names of the shows he's been affiliated with previously (NYPD Blue, for example), but never cared much one way or the other. His audio commentary track on ep1 of 'Deadwood', though, was thoroughly engrossing. He drops references to such very different ( in my head, anyway ) realms of experience, and they seem to coexist quite nicely for him, and he's very sensitive to language. More sensitive, I'd say, than my laptops speaker system sometimes. I might think of him as a little less Lynchian if the dialogue was coming in all clear. Oooh, I'd love to see what he'd write for Kyle McLachlan, though.
Anyway, my point is that it IS an excellent show. Supremely fucked in the head, in parts (helLO Kristen Bell guest appearance), but very interesting in terms of who needs laws, when they need them, what they need them to skip over. Justice is so very co-dependent. I'm also drawn to the kinds of people, according to Mr. Milch, drawn ever-westward -- where 'westward' means beyond, defined specifically in contradistinction to an 'east' that's come before. I wonder if there's any connection between that attitude and the disrespect in which Chinese immigrants were held in that milieu. Probably just your average defensive racist jackassery, but if someone wrote an article I'd read it.