[-empyre-] Re: "Terror’s Fine, Wish You Were Here" by Kathryn Shattuck
bumblepuppy at kc.rr.com
Wed Jan 23 15:03:00 EST 2008
> So strange how a name or a look or a colored passport of the "other"
> becomes more real to the stranger than his or her own common sense
> perceptions, fueled, of course, by territory and terror. Symbol trumps
> all, I suppose.
You all must realize I've been living in this humble burg under a
basically fascist national regime for eight years now, so I've lost all
patience with this nonsense and that story makes me go "eeek," but I'm
not a bit surprised. And unfortunately I do not have dual citizenship
or the resources needed to get the heck out.
My point was that there is still a provincial pride in nurturing a
"euro-centric" culture here, thus his name AND his work were well
received. I exist within a certain non-site, a small midwestern
american city, and I appreciate Smithson (and others) who struggle
mightily to break what I fear is the perpetual myth of culture vs.
nature, where "nature" always means "other".
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