A good friend of mine suggested we read Has the West Lost It? A Provocation (2018) by Kishore Mahbubani in order to discuss it.
I read it.
Mahbubani advocates a minimum of Western interventionism after what he sees as a period of Western arrogance in which the west humiliated both the Muslims and Russia. The book centers on the premise that economic growth will make everyone happier (except for the west which can no longer grow).
The book fails to mention the coming ecocalypse and does not seem to mind the violations of human rights.
In an astonishing case of academic incompetence, Mahbubani cites the “How does it feel?” Gabriel García Márquez hoax without acknowledging it as such:
Mahbubani had previously cited the hoax in his book Beyond the Age of Innocence (2005):
I might take some classes in geopolitics coming academic season.
Joseph Hoo Kim was a Jamaican reggae record producer best known for his productions in the 1970s at his Channel One Studios where albums such as Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (1981) [above] were produced.
Robert Venturi was an American architect, best known for his book Learning from Las Vegas (1972).
Learning from Las Vegas: the Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form (1972) [above] is a book by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour.
On the book’s cover was a billboard advertising “Tan Hawaiian with Tanya”.
The book had a major impact on the emergence of postmodernism.
Paul Virilio was a French theorist, urbanist, and aesthetic philosopher.
He is best known for his book Bunker Archeology (1975), a book I discovered one lonely night in Brussels spent with a young woman at her place. She had acquired it that same afternoon.
One of the bunkers of the Atlantic Wall was photographed by myself in 2007 .
I’v yet to hold a copy of this book in my hands.
Burt Reynolds was an American actor best known for his moustache, his sex appeal and (in my universe) his part in Deliverance (1972) [above].
The Grotesque in Photography. Coleman, A. D. Summit Books, 1977.
The death of Fakir Musafar led me to A. D. Coleman‘s study of the grotesque in photography.
Like this: Charles Gatewood directed Fakir Musafar’s Dances Sacred and Profane, Gatewood also wrote Sidetripping (1975) which was praised by Coleman, which led me to Coleman’s book The Grotesque in Photography (above).
The grotesque is one of my favourite sensibilities.
I’d like to own this book. Can anyone tell me which photo is on the cover?
Fakir Musafar was the original modern primitive.
The clip: Footage of Fakir performing the sundance ritual in the film Dances Sacred and Profane.
Fakir is featured from 2:35 onwards.
Tab Hunter was an American actor, pop singer, film producer, and author. He starred in more than 40 films and was a well-known Hollywood star of the 1950s and 1960s.
Here in Lust in the Dust.