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liz Hand
Posted on Thursday, September 01, 2005 - 07:14 am:   

Reading about the New Orleans catastrophe I was struck by this weird sense of deja vu, and suddenly realized: this is Bellona, the city in DHALGREN. We're living in the word we used to write about.

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Bill Reynolds/Socrates17
Posted on Saturday, September 03, 2005 - 08:18 pm:   

And, of course, Ucalegon Part 2. Every hour or so I get disgusted with CNN (there isn't that much choice in English here in HK and while I can follow the French and Spanish cable it is a lot of work) because New Orleans has totally replaced this week's other human catastrophe, in Baghdad, from CNN's view entirely. I don't question the Katrina coverage, but people have died in other places too????? N'cest pas????

Of course there is always BBC World.

You are absolutely right about Bellona. I hadn't thought of that.
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Bill Reynolds/Socrates17
Posted on Saturday, September 03, 2005 - 10:24 pm:   

I hope y'all realize that these stupid sequential posts result from time zone differential.

Thinking of Dahlgren. Thinking of how much scenes of post-tsunami Asia and the post-Katrina gulf are like driving through much of Southern China where in the absence of any natural disaster, there are miles and miles of abandoned buildings coming apart brick by brick, left to rot while new clusters of high-rise buildings also dot the landscape.

I think of two words coined by Philip K. Dick. "Gubble" and "kipple."
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liz Hand
Posted on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 05:51 am:   

This is all just further evidence (as if any were needed) of the US joining the rest of the world, its cloak of empire torn away at last. And yes, this is distracting attention from the war, and also from the Supreme Court nomination. And now with Rehnquist's death, there's a second Supreme Court seat open.

A journalist friend of mine from the LA Times is going to NOLA to cover the cleanup. He also covered the aborted rebuilding effort in Baghdad two years ago, so it'll be interesting to get his take on the situation.
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Rhys
Posted on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 10:59 am:   

I think the US government should now declare war on hurricanes. I mean this literally. Tanks and planes and missles against the wind. Force those movements of air to surrender!

In a small way we can all help. Stamping on beans at home, rather than eating them, will help to reduce domestic wind.
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liz
Posted on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 01:32 pm:   

I dunno. Maybe we should just pit Bush -- a seemingly infinite supply of hot air -- against the elements. He seems to have done a pretty good job so far of destroying everything he touches.
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Bill Reynolds/Socrates17
Posted on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 08:05 pm:   

Ozymandius

Hey Rhys, Ever read The Day After Judgement by James Blish?
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Bill Reynolds/Socrates17
Posted on Sunday, September 04, 2005 - 08:15 pm:   

Here is a quote from our Gasbag in Chief.

"The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of
this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before.
Out of the rubble of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house --
there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to
sitting on the porch." -- President Bush, September 2, 2005

Is there anything resembling a brain up there?????
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liz
Posted on Monday, September 05, 2005 - 05:18 am:   

No.
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liz Hand
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 04:07 am:   

Here's a good essay on DHALGREN in New Orleans on Slate:

http://www.reason.com/hod/bb091305.shtml
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Bill Reynolds/Socrates17
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 05:01 am:   

Liz

Thank you for that link. Sad, sad, sad but irrevocably true. I'm forwarding it to almost everyone I know.

Bill

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