20 Oct



Don’t they just?

crushingamericanorth korea
(From: Peking Duck)

Interesting perception of reality. Gotta admit I like the last one; the drawing, the colour. Be interesting to see what the artists would do if their minds hadn’t been well and truly fucked. Bee mode, it’s required in North Korea.

Still, remember not to judge a culture too harshly by your own standards. That’s wrong. The people of North Korea are wonderfully innovative. Here’s their traditional soup recipe:

Step 1: Boil Water.
Step 2: Add Grass.
Step 3: Simmer for several minutes.
Step 4: Remove from heat and serve.

Fear it. The rule of god-kings


Once upon a time most people were slaves. They were treated like livestock. What happened to end this state of affairs everywhere around the globe except a few recalcitrant bullshit countries like Iraq or North Korea? Will the people who live there ever look back to this time as some unreal arcadia that long ago ceased to make sense on a planet that’s finally halfway sane? Or will a select few look back at this as the time we almost made it and blew it? Will we become so humane generally that even the time when livestock were treated as livestock seems as human sacrifice does to us? How does this forward motion operate? Why don’t we live under god-kings anymore? What happened?

There’s this wave that started in England really, an historical singularity. An unconducted orchestration of fortuna and will that created the modern world. Context was important: the large oceanic empire. The tradition whereby anyone who goes too far gets the chop especially the king. The tradition of privacy. Scotland, Ireland, France. The defeat of the Spanish Empire centuries ago. The legacy of Rome, of Athens. The common law system. Respect for enterprise. Pursuit of knowledge. And gradually by incremental steps the liberty to speak your mind.

And out like a bolt from an exploding star and throughout the world this singularity. This… something? Something? A thing? A spirit. An idea?

None of the above. Not an idea. There are many ideas. But first there is an image:

“Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog”, 1818
Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)

I love this painting because I love mountains and the views from places you find amongst them. Views like that one. And Caspar David Friedrich, I dig him the most. But Saddam Hussein might’ve dug this picture too. I think he did. And where I feel over-awed, I reckon he felt entitled. Entitled to impose his will on his country, to make them suffer. To live in fear. It is, he thinks as he looks across the sea of fog, his fate.



  1. Philomena October 23, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    It’s a crap painting for grandiose males of a certain sensibility.

  2. AC Stewart October 25, 2010 at 1:42 am #

    Phil three things:

    1. It’s not crap and you know it.

    2. Without grandiose males you couldn’t tell everyone how sexistracisthomphobic n’ souless they are because you’d be busy digging up a root for dinner.

    3. Everyone know grandiose males make you hot and bothered. πŸ™‚

  3. Philomena October 26, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Ah wrong again. On all three points.

  4. AC Stewart October 27, 2010 at 5:50 am #

    Well one and two maybe. But definitely not three. πŸ™‚

  5. Philomena October 27, 2010 at 10:47 am #


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