[-empyre-] concerning violence, and more Antigone's bones

Maria Damon damon001 at umn.edu
Mon Nov 10 08:03:37 EST 2014

i have been following with great curiosity and emotion, but have not yet 
felt that i had anything to add. i live in a very densely populated area 
(Brooklyn NY) and while I love the vibrancy of the street life, i can 
also see it being snuffed out, extinguished before my eyes, as white 
(forgive me, i fall under that general descriptor) young (me no longer) 
yuppies with affluence and young children start to flood the area, 
driving out the middle class people of color who have lived here for 
many decades. Within one year the multi-generational, multi-ethnic 
building i live in has become increasingly monotone and youthful. It is 
a form of violence, and sometimes it kicks me in the gut with the same 
sharpness as learning, shortly after the Boko Haram abductions of the 
schoolchildren, of young girls being coerced into being suicide 
bombers.  The combination of gender violence and ethnic violence, 
compounded by the abuse of children, is particularly horrifying... not 
sure what its' worth to point all this out. How to stay sensitive to 
one's own and others' suffering without becoming paralyzed...

On 11/9/14 3:50 PM, Johannes Birringer wrote:
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> so much now has been brought to the round, and thanks to all those who wrote on the weekend, after having been  busy at some points during the week or traveling (like Pia, Olga, and Heiner);  my not so very good idea to slow down
> was actually a personal reflection, I was admitting aloud that sometimes in such online discussions the beautiful asynchronicity of the writings  -  as we try to follow, and respond, or elaborate and push forward our our train of thought, as well as our reaction to events that happen, interrupt us, still us, move us – makes me lose the thread, your thread, for in-depth response  I crave to give, to everyone here.  I went to a "networked bodies" (digital performance) event earlier
> today (where I saw strange visions of future bodies....)  and now will read all the letters of all week again tonight.  back tomorrow,
> Johannes
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