|556> Plush/safe he think, hulled up in a sports dome of consumer fascism til Kingdom Come|
29 Oct 2017 | London> ayester day wint + saw Basquiat xzbit @ Barbican—Boom for Real... nicely putt together retro-perspective, a few things dey hadnt seen b4...
30 Oct 2017 > ayester day wandered up to Finsbury Park to meet folks for high tea then back to Soho who knows where since tube not running as advertised... if dare's 1 mad skill our patron Cal + his bedder-½ halve u kin plop 'em off ½-drunk in whatever city en el moondough + theyll figger out how to get sushi ± tacos then stagger dare way home to whatever hotel + next morning wake up crack of dawn b4 tube even running + git to whatever airport...
30 Oct | DC > On the way back, Cal red Kingdom Come by JG Ballard, the last book JG wrote b4 he died... published in 2006, but creepily ahead of its time as w/ most Ballard books foreboding + particularly timely for Cal since he's working on a (West of) Kingdom Come quadrilogy of his one + embarked on the book @ Heathrow of ∀ll places, the center of Ballard's kingdom, the Kingdome-ish mega-mall complex where a madman opens fire into a crowd w/ a machine gun... reminiscent yes of Vegas, Brexit + Westgate (∀ll of wich came later) but also channeling the superdomed squalor of Katrina dat came b4... a general malaise of passive apathy fueled by patriotism + ignorants dat inevitably brims ova into teaming k-OS + anarkey father fueled by fascist sports fanatics + hooligan consumerism, hoose ensuing violints off course gits aimed @ immigrant asylum seekers.
B-sides enlightening social commentary, Ballard can also spin hit ∀ll INT.a cumpelling whodunnit yarn dat keeps u flippin' pgs to find out what comes next (in the book + our lives) + like what we said about Delillo a few posts ago, has simultaneously mastered both language + story... greatest British writer far as we're concerned. For example, this is how u do character development:
+ like in Delillo's Mao II, it boils down to the masses vs. the individual, sports clubs like fraternities that mask individual accountability. Folks can blame Trump or Hitler ∀ll day want bud as Ballard points out, hits the populus dat bring these buffoons to power. And free speech?
+yes @ the root of it is religion:
∀ll bound + tethered by consumerism... most folks so consumed by the act of consuming it dont madder nun what they consume, even if u give it away gratis wich we kin vouch 4...
+ 2 circle back to Basquiat, in the end «It's the consumer dream cone true, Richard. They're praying to the teddy bears.»
|555 <( )> 557 > 3 nights of serious listening amp'd @ 11, rushing judgment to no-decision to kill ♂ heros|