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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Lorenzo Thomas
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Blogger Dylan Hock said...

Hi Lorenzo,

Will miss you much. Wonderful to have met you at all.


8:57 AM

Blogger JWG said...

I miss him too. had a class. Knew him little. still, he made moves. leave it to others to talk about his work. Blind luck brought me to his class.

1:53 PM

Blogger Pirooz M. Kalayeh said...

So sad. He was a great teacher. A great writer. So cool too. I remember us sitting around talking about the Beatles.

He was like, "Yeah, man, when those guys first came out, I was like, 'bubblegum,' but then came the deep stuff, after all their experimenting, I was like, 'yeah, these guys are pretty good.' "

He Played One.

A wooden leg and a dog.
A smile and a wishbone.

These simple truths.
This basking Sun.

This old man.
This good one.

Earth his heart
rolled upon.

Spoke like a wheel.
Over and over.

Laid claims in Houston
Like blades between corn rows.

Squat down in the dugout
of an African game.

This one a hen.
That one a monkey.

A drop like water.
A field and a question.

A piercing stab,
to upturn a comma.

This old man.
Boy, did he wanta.

1:56 PM

Blogger Teresa Sparks said...

Sad a the SWP these days. Lorenzo, bombings in London this morning. He would have spoken about them intelligently, clear-eyed.

People say "terrorist" without thinking. They never mean "us".

Sebald talks about the Allied strategy for winning WWII - bomb German cities (full of civilians, very few soldiers). On the Natural History of Destruction is the book to go to. How is that different from this, except that then it was "us" and therefore ok, and now its "them" and terrorism?

War is war, violence is violence. But it's a mistake to think that war is some anomaly, some unanticipated side effect of systems currently in place. War is, historically, a likely outcome when there is economic conflict. Capitalism is an expanding bubble, it keeps getting bigger or it fails. How much room is there? How many markets are there? How many people in governmental power have or come from money? How was that money made? How is it maintained?


1:58 PM

Blogger JWG said...

Do you mean war as a result of money? Do you really mean capitalism? I wonder, seems that Iraq was at war much earlier than the US became involved (least these last few times. Say from the beginning of Hussein’s reign). Profits there were not gained in a free market. Or is this not a war bc it was internal or because there were no two sides or because everyone was of the same relative geography (those strange borders of Iraq)? I wonder if war is an economic outcome, or just an outcome whenever there is a perceived lack of resources, however resources are perceived. "First you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the women." for example.

Don’t know that labeling someone a terrorist means a “them”. Certainly know that I see terrorists in the “we” scope. Still, I have no problem saying “terrorist” when I see one. I say “we” bc I believe in the rights of all people. I want to help when help is needed. (so why don’t I go off and do some fighting? I don’t know that I have an answer to that which is satisfactory). I don’t know what is going on in GW’s head (However, when he increases funding to Africa by 2/3rds, I figure it can’t all be bad. (But the programs and condoms and Christian, that stuff makes me queasy. So does depleted Uranium. Just a few of many examples)), but I do find the actions of the United States to be different than that of the insurgents (some of whom act as terrorists). I don’t believe that War is War. I think there is more room for gray (if not Technicolor) than that.

5:37 PM

Blogger Pirooz M. Kalayeh said...

There is so much gray. Everyone has a different reason, a different catalyst. For most, the death or protection of a loved one is enough to bring the most awe inspiring hate.

So is war just the human race's fear of death?

12:55 AM


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