Published in 1957, Earth is Room Enough is a collection of short stories by America’s greatest science fiction writer and former president of the American Humanist Association, Isaac Asimov. This is no arbitrary collection.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
"Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, chivalry and materialism, high sounding sentiments and a supine morality, violent efforts for an idea and a sullen acquiescence in every form of corruption.
We convulsed a continent for our independence only to become the passive prey of a democratic parody, the helpless victims of scoundrels and cutthroats, our institutions a mockery, our laws a farce..."
Reading The Wind in the Willows has put me in the mind of reflecting upon the vast chasm dividing idyllic imaginations of English culture from present reality. The Englishman, with all his faults, is nowadays a rarity in England. It seems one must be Polish to be English nowadays, because the English are no longer English - just modern. Has England become a nation of Toads?
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
As if to prove my point to myself, I read Cat's Theses & Aphorisms on Polish foreign policy last night. Any statesman who writes aphorisms on foreign policy is a rarity, and any civilization which creates such men is worth preserving. Sadly, Cat's writing remains nowadays more a literary curiosity than a serious political program in the eyes of Poles.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
The first part of Joseph Conrad's Nostromo is a window into the mind of a first rate political thinker. We could say that Conrad is a genius in his ability to observe the characters of men and regimes, except that these are not observations, but rather imaginations. Yet despite the fiction playing out before our eyes, it is hard to concieve of a more realistic history of a drama which has only crystalized with the passage of time: the evil of colonial imperialism.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Immediately upon putting down Mick Farren's Armegeddon Crazy and picking up Joseph Conrad's Nostromo one recognizes that English civilization is inferior unless refined and sanctified by the Polish mind.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Perhaps I am simply reading a bad book? Perhaps in my attempt to give Mick Farren's science fiction dystopia its due, I have ignored the possibility that it is a horrible bit of writing?
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
"Speedboat had nothing but contempt for the doombeams and the way they pretended they were so goddamn subversive. All they did was play around at being self-destructive; at no stretch of the imagination was that going to bring down Faithful and his gang..."
Mick Farren, Armegeddon Crazy
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Mick Farren writes books in the same specific style with which he crafts opinion editorials. They are uninviting to the extreme. If one has had the gaul to have had a relatively happy life, to find oneself content with things as they are, to be happily in love, to hope for the least in human affairs and the best on a Friday night - one will never really understand what he was writing about.