Monday, November 10, 2008

Drinking theraflu feeling good

I have a cold and I'm sitting here smoking cigarettes and drinking theraflu

Life is great

It is bitterly cold and the brake line just went on the lumina.

I went to a NA meeting tonight with an old friend from high school, she spent years of her life smoking crack. Now she goes to NA and lives with her mom in a giant farm house.

Everyone at the NA meeting was a burnout, everyone was either a hippy, black guy from the ghetto, a harley guy or woman, or a large over weight white woman in her forties with a wal mart haircut.

Everyone gave each other hugs and told each other they were special.

I liked it, it was like high school in some weird way. That feeling of being in a small group of people, like football practice or band.

People like that.

People like to have support groups and friends and common purposes.

It is so weird to me, all those modern shit, air conditioners and cell phones, but mankind still desperately seeks a tribe. Churches, emo kids, republicans, football team fans, punks, etc.

I picked classes for the next semester, since I am still registered for an associate of the arts degree, i decided to pick classes I want to take for sure, so I picked Social and Political Philosophy, Political Thought, Political Sociology, and Law and Society.

After that I have only three classes left to take and I graduate.

To do what

who cares

considering I just spent two hours in a room with people who spent feeding themselves and smoking crack at the same time I think I can survive.

Maybe keep going, I would only have five more political science classes to take after this semester, and finish six general requirements and a minor in something, which is 17 classes which is like five more semesters.

But who knows

I can only take four classes at a time without freaking out

I'm 28 years old

I go to NA meetings for fun

I read Saint Augustine for fun

I drink theraflu and feel good about life

Hopefully those classes will help me the write the book

I might call it City of Boredom now

The book will be about how a well functioning government desires boredom on their territory.

A land where people are bored

boredom means that people are going to work, everyone is pleasantly fed, nobody is at war with each other, people sit on the porch and drink coffee in the morning. There are games where people show their muscles. People play cards and make jokes.

Nothing really happens.

Do people like boredom?

I would say yes

because non-boredom is excitement

and excitement is like violence and having cancer and getting raped or having your house lit on fire

it probably won't be called that though

it might be called something else

it isn't important today

i've rambled enough and I feel sleepy.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Keep going man, sounds awesome... I can't wait to read this book.

Are you reading a lot of post-structuralist theorists and the like? Derrida's later work took up reason & democracy more specifically, maybe could help.

Also, you'd have to get some Habermas in there, I suppose (if even just to discredit him).

What's your thesis?

a different anonymous said...

Blah! What terrible advice.

You do NOT need to read Derrida or Habermas.

That's just pseudo-philosophical wankery that academics use to make themselves sound smart (without really succeeding, mind you).

You are better off with St. Augustine and Cicero (and Marx of course).

I still think that you should get an MFA, though.

Not because you would learn anything in one of those programs (except maybe spelling and grammar, which aren't exactly your strong points).

But just because then your work might be able to reach a wider audience.

Anonymous said...

Habermas and Derrida make scholars "sound smart" because they are difficult thinkers to work with.

Your particular strand of anti-intellectualism is an interesting thing in America... did you vote for McCain?

a different anonymous said...

I didn't say they made scholars sound smart. I said they FAILED to make scholars sound smart. (Assuming that "scholars" and "academics" are the same thing, which is questionable).

I also praised St. Augustine, Cicero, and Marx. Is that anti-intellectualism?

Habermas is just watered-down bourgeois liberalism dolled up in pseudo-scientific jargon, and Derrida is just a stew of puns, fallacies, and innuendos that allows academics to worship ambiguity and avoid taking any identifiable intellectual or political positions. The job of academics is to distract you would-be intellectuals with this shit so that you don't actually read Marx or anything else that would allow you to grasp how the world works.

That is what is cool about Noah: He has escaped academic indoctrination and instead read REAL BOOKS by REAL THINKERS, and that's why he always sounds so much smarter than you douche bag academics.

And now you want reduce him to your level?

Marcos said...

I had cancer. It was boring, sometimes.

Anonymous said...

to a different anonymous:

Good points all.

And I think you are right.

Best,

the "original" anonymous

Chris Hedges said...

We live in two Americas. One America, now the minority, functions in a print-based, literate world. It can cope with complexity and has the intellectual tools to separate illusion from truth. The other America, which constitutes the majority, exists in a non-reality-based belief system. This America, dependent on skillfully manipulated images for information, has severed itself from the literate, print-based culture. It cannot differentiate between lies and truth. It is informed by simplistic, childish narratives and cliches. It is thrown into confusion by ambiguity, nuance and self-reflection. This divide, more than race, class or gender, more than rural or urban, believer or nonbeliever, red state or blue state, has split the country into radically distinct, unbridgeable and antagonistic entities.

Lulu said...

Noah - Read Vonnegut, your thoughts are very similar. You might come to realize you are a humanist. Worst case scenario, you read an author of true american classics that got ttypecast as some kind of science fiction writer.

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