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Dave Swindle

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July 11, 2013 - 10:30 am
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This is the third of my daily reading/writing journals, a new routine of season 2 of the 13 Weeks Radical Reading Reading Regimen. Each morning I will juxtapose two book excerpts with the day’s headlines and try in the afternoon to make sense of the chaos of the day’s news. See Monday’s entry: “We Ought to Defeat Capitalism With Its Own Weapons, Comrades…“ And Tuesday’s entry: “Can We Just Fast Forward to 2040? Please?

I didn’t manage to finish Wednesday’s round-up yesterday — a few unexpected editorial meetings popped up as they’re known to do — so today’s is a two-page double helping as I continue to try and radically reorganize my reading routine to make new connections between ideas and thinkers past and present.

Tuesday Night Book Reading:

A deeply sorrowful, beautifully written passage from George W. Bush’s memoir about the effect the death of his 3-year-old sister had on him at 7 years old versus the way it hit his parents. Very sad…

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Wednesday’s Dawn Book Readings:

Currently on Wednesdays, I’m reading the books of Camille Paglia and Robert Anton Wilson. Here’s an excerpt from page 31 of Paglia’s Sexual Personae:

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Quote of the Day #1:

“I will argue that high culture made itself obsolete through modernism’s neurotic nihilism and that popular culture is the great heir of the western past. Cinema is the supreme Apollonian genre, thing-making and thing-made, a machine of the gods.” -Camille Paglia

Related, my analysis of the mythological and religious themes in superhero films from January: 

10 Secret Reasons Why The Avengers Is the Best Superhero Film

From Page 168 of the satirical science fiction trilogy Schrodinger’s Cat:

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Quote of the Day #2:

“All schizoid types have these fantasies of floating off into space, of astral projection, of weightlessness, etc. This merely indicates an abreacted cathexis of the Oedipal desire to return to the womb and float within the protective amniotic fluid.” – Robert Anton Wilson

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David,

Is it fair to say that sometimes, in the interests of the writer being not just original, but authentic, it's possible to lose the reader? I find, in the main, your columns to be evocative and elegantly written. This time I'm 'grasping.' Not because you haven't said something, it's just that I can't get there.

Such are the risks. Looking forward to your next one. T
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Get where? Where do you think I was trying to take you by providing you, the reader, with an assortment of links and excerpts to explore? Not all who wander are lost, as Tolkien said. :) But I'll aspire for more clarity in future round up posts. Still experimenting with this format and trying to get back into a daily writing routine -- which is a challenge as I strive to put my editorial tasks ahead of my own writing.

Thanks, Terence.
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