Postal Punishment

So kids, this is why you should not take your own initiative when crossing the street:

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Inconceivable!!

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” One of the best lines from one of my favourite movies: The Princess Bride.

Other lines of perfection:

“There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in the world, it would be a pity to damage yours.”

“You have an overdeveloped sense of vengeance.”

“Do you want me to send you back to where you were? Unemployed, in Greenland?!”

Peter Cooke delivers an impeccable marriage ceremony as the Impressive Clergyman: “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam”

And of course the timeless insult only possible bettered by calling someone “fuckitygums” is: “you warthog faced buffoon”

For other uses of Princess Bride quotes, go here: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/lines-from-the-princess-bride-that-double-as-comments-on-freshman-composition-papers

Why are people such awful shitheads?

This is a genuine question. We are so awful to each other on a daily basis. And I’m all about forgiveness, genuine deep-felt forgiveness and understanding. But I’m also so tired of trying to justify and understand shitty behaviour because of other people’s insecurities. They are their insecurities after all, why should I have to deal with the consequences?  I forced myself to grow up and deal with the world and all my shit (granted, I still have a lot of growing up and shit-dealing to do), why can’t others make the effort?

Why? Tell me.

Big love for brothers

One of the most formative years of my life (big call, I know) was my first (and only) year at Rhodes University where I met some of the most beautiful people imaginable, who I miss every day. One of these people was Siyabonga Mthembu, whose magical voice I’ve heard under many guises; in ‘Mabel and the Prostitutes,’ ‘Orangutan Bitches’ and now in the amazing collective, “The Brother Moves On.” On my return to South Africa a few years ago, I was lucky enough to see the group in action and what a homecoming it was!

Whenever the homesickness/nostalgia grips me, I can turn to ‘Rainbow Child’ and Siya’s voice to lift the soul a little.

Big love to all the brothers out there.

http://thebrothermoveson.com/

Middle-class trauma

So following on from the police injustice I suffered yesterday, I dreamt, last night, that I was walking down a street and some plain-clothes policeman stopped me to fine me for wearing no shoes. And I was like “hell, there’s no way I’m not wearing shoes in public” (turns out I has a Hick’s accent in this dream), but then I looked down at my feet and they were indeed bare (maybe I transformed entirely into Hick, after all). I begged and pleaded with the man, but he would have none of it. He kept telling me how the law was there for my own good and I needed to take care of my feet. I walked off in shame and spent the rest of the dream trying to find my past-lover to give him a hand-embroidered (not by moi) tablecloth, but he was doing a very good job of ignoring me while wearing aviator sunglasses (fuck knows what’s going on in the dark recesses of my mind).

Needless to say, I’m feeling rather traumatised and now can’t cross the street without thinking someone’s going to jump out of the bushes and shout: “Freeze, its da Po-leese”

John Gray on Slavoj Zizek

A rather scathing critique of Zizek by John Gray:

“With its sweeping claims and magniloquent rhetoric, this passage is typical of much in Žižek’s work. What he describes as the premise of the book [Living in the End Times] is simple only because it passes over historical facts. Reading it, no one would suspect that, putting aside the killings of many millions for ideological reasons, some of the last century’s worst ecological disasters—the destruction of nature in the former Soviet Union and the devastation of the countryside during Mao’s Cultural Revolution, for example—occurred in centrally planned economies. Ecological devastation is not a result only of the economic system that exists in much of the world at the present time; while it may be true that the prevailing version of capitalism is unsustainable in environmental terms, there is nothing in the history of the past century that suggests the environment will be better protected if a socialist system is installed.”

Read the article in full here:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/jul/12/violent-visions-slavoj-zizek/?page=1