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April 5, 2004

Spring Forward

Will winter never end?

Grazie Tutti

Thanks to Gabrielle de Montmollin, Catherine and Jerome at The Tears of Things and William at Abstract Dynamics (where I seem to have popped up in the unsorted feedroll) for the links, and appreciation to Cinque Hicks for the mention.

Things to Read

The Tribune's Charles Leroux speaks with W J T Mitchell, Marshall Blonsky and photojournalist David Hume Kennerly regarding last week's images from Fallujah:

"People," [Mitchell] said, "even children down to a fairly young age, know this is not fiction; they know these pictures come with the credentials of truth.
"There are psychologists who talk about viewers becoming desensitized to violence by seeing it in entertainment. The scientific studies, however, don't support that. I think that view has more to do with the politics of the regulation of entertainment."

Also see Billmon's take.

[Update: a reminder that by far the best place for Iraq blow by blow is Juan Cole's Informed Comment weblog]

By way of softening a bit of late-night harshness, linking to an interesting tale recounted at The Tears of Things (though I might take exception to the assertion that Picasso pales next to Duchamp "in every way that really matters").

A must-read at Easily Distracted:

I agree with conservative critics that itís a mistake to stress the continuities between the brutalities of Jim Crow and the subtleties of unconscious stereotype and subtle exclusion in present practice, but this is not to say that the latter is non-harmful, or just something to shrug off. One thing I learned by being a white man living in a black country is that it is an incredible psychic drain day after day to know that you are marked as a stranger, as socially different, by mere fact of your physiognomy. It exacts a real toll on you, and every subtle thing that people do to remind you of it, without any malice, digs the psychic claws deeper and deeper.
This innocent wounding, this cumulative stigma, is the core of the problem. Many look for, expect or anticipate hate crimes on campus as the visible signs of a pervasive malevolence, an illegitimate system of holding power, as an indication of a willfulness and agency that is the illegitimate and contestable cause of the sense of alienation and unease that some students, some faculty, some people have within white-majority campuses. Those crimes come less often than predicted, and when they come, they mostly donít seem to be the acts of Simon Legreeís spiritual descendents, deliberate acts rich in the intentionality of power, but accidents and oversights, misspeech and crudity. Some see in these incidents the secret of racial conspiracy revealed, rather like Eddie Murphyís brilliant sketch on Saturday Night Live where disguised as a white man, his character finds that white people give each other free money and privilege once racial minorities are out of sight. They overdeterminedly read a synecdoche, a single moment that contains a hidden whole. And when the right number and type of crimes do not come, some make them come, certain that even if the incident is false, the deeper truth is not...

At John & Belle, John gets wonky-analytic on the topic of 'imaginative resistance', poetic license and the possibility of morally deviant fictional worlds.

At Crooked Timber, Belle briefly discusses child pornography, pointing to the story of a Texas mother who had her children taken away after taking a photo of her 1-year-old breastfeeding. And perhaps you've seen this story: "State police have charged a 15-year-old Latrobe girl with child pornography for taking photos of herself and posting them on the Internet." [via I can't quite recall]

In science news: Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology.

Are you a Natural-Person?

Hope Springs Eternal

Is this the year for our boys in blue? No doubt Chicago's Number 1 Cubs Fan, Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers, thinks so.

For the latest on Prior's Achilles, Corey's Comeback, or Borowski's Diminishing Velocity, you can turn to the world of Cubs blogs... An incomplete list, in no particular order:

The Cub Reporter
The Clark & Addison Chronicle
The Northside Lounge
Ivy Chat
Let's Play Two
The Uncouth Sloth
...and another thing!
Cubs Fan Nation (do ignore the temporary April Fools makeover—update: April Fools design archived here)
The Big Red C
Rooftop Report
Merablog (do ignore the north of the border heresy)
Cubs Now!
Aisle 528
94 Years and Counting
Weeghman Park
Any Team Can Have A Bad Century
Yarbage Cub Review

"Spring Forward"
Posted by Dan at 02:41 AM

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...and another thing!
94 Years and Counting
Abstract Dynamics
Aisle 528
Any Team Can Have A Bad Century
Bare and Bitter Sleep
Bare and Bitter Sleep: Kerry James Marshall
Chicago Cubs: The Offical Site
Chicago Tribune: In history of violent images, where will Fallujah fit in?—Charles Leroux
Crooked Timber: The La Perla Exception
Cubs Fan Nation
Cubs Now!
Dallas Observer: Touching a Nerve—Patrick Williams
David Hume Kennerly
Easily Distracted: Waiting for Menchu
Iconoduel: Dustup
Informed Comment
Ivy Chat
John & Belle Have a Blog: Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair
Let's Play Two
Marshall Blonsky: American Mythologies
Merablog
Natural-Person
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Teen who posted own photo charged with child porn
Ronnie 'Woo Woo' Wickers Website
Ronnie 'Woo Woo' Wickers Website: The Woo Woo Sound (Real Audio)
Rooftop Report
Secret Lives: Black and White Photography by Gabrielle de Montmollin
Sox Fan Nation
The Affair of the Statuettes: Picasso the Coward
The Big Red C
The Clark & Addison Chronicle
The Cub Reporter
The Loom: Getting Closer to the Brain Implant
The Northside Lounge
The Tears of Things
The Uncouth Sloth
W J T Mitchell: Picture Theory: Essays on Verbal and Visual Representation
W. J. T. Mitchell: Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology
Weeghman Park
Whiskey Bar: Strange Fruit
Yarbage Cub Review