Patty Ess

Nostalgia for Lost Destinations (Mark Fisher)

Hauntology : "that which repeats without ever having been present."

C.t7 W.ndr
.. inspired by North America’s own Hali Palombo (see her @ Suoni Per II Popolo in June), i tweaked my usual set of bestgood Oldie favorites :

Moving / Raincoats
Laura Nyro Live @ the Bottom Line
The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All.Time Greatest Hits
Blue Sunshine / th’ Glove
Meat Puppets II
Big Fun / Miles Davis
Journey in Satchidananda / Alice Coltrane
Loaded / Velvet Underground
Phaedra / Tangerine Dream
Royal Trux (1988)
Grace Ella Hammond
not your weird aunt's Secular Koranism (or IS it?)
"It is only through dogmatism - ruthless subordination of your Self to an impersonal system - that his majesty the Ego can be crushed. This has been the appeal of nontheistic religion throughout the ages. The Ego is simply authority in miniature (just as political authoritarianism is Egotism writ large), a micro-despot which can only be pushed off his throne by a commitment to sober systematicity."

it was Baudrillard who anticipated the fusion of the opinion poll and reality TV in the seamless system of cultural "interactivity" which disarms any oppositional impulse by not only interpellating the consumer, but inducting them into its circuits. You decide. Text your response. Vote online. Join the debate. More or bore.

.. there was something *familiar* about (th’ Late, th’ Great an’ th’ Good) Mark Fisher’s STYLE .. and then it strook me like a diamond bullet : Don Cunningham, editor of Beach Boys fanzine Add Some Music to Your Day, *some* of which got bound & collected into an impressive PB from Tiny Ripple Books, hey !).

.. we’ve considered the case of our contemporary circumstance, one I’ve found analogous to 6th century Europe, the Transhumanist shenanigans imagined roughly a quarter century ago, and the Ford Administration. but - Hey - hear me out : recall the mystery of Ancient Egypt? SCENE OF a civilization emerging full-blown out of nowhere as.if blown out from g.d’s nostril and den slowly declining, as if - towards the end - they were simply going through the motions, “gesture without meaning.” ARE WE THERE YET? everything under the sun has been co-opted by Capital : religion, science, justice, art. find an exception and I’ll mail you a miniature lawn burro, hey !

C.t7 [Wm Wordsworth, 1802]
"A multitude of causes, unknown to former times, are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor. The most effective of these causes are the great national events which are daily taking place, and the encreasing accumulation of men in cities, where the uniformity of their occupations produces a craving for extraordinary incident, which the rapid communication of intelligence hourly gratifies .."
Patty Ess

Oneiric Automata

[ .. so the Writer - ensconced in a bleeding fucking RV on rural Britain’s narrow roads - is targeted for *Mountbatten BOOM* assassination by .. whom exactly? .. in any case, ARTEMIS 81 - featuring Dan O’Herlihy, featuring STING - strook t h i s observer as a pretty good Man Who Fell To Earth meets The Ninth Gate with a s’ways step inta Alasdair Gray’s “Greater Unthank,” hey !]Grace Ella Hammond

slipped out in the early a.m. for snacks. unfamiliar with the city. looked no later than the 1950s so i figured a 7-11 or Sheetz would be out of the question / better to try whatever storelike entity might be affixed to gas pumps out front. caught sight of a newspaper behind the counter : 2023, apparently (i guess some parts of town are eternal, eh?). the main body of the wee shop - not much bigger than a Suburban kitchen - was blocked by a set of turnstiles involving a card-reader and a biometric slot for the index finger. oh well ..

Old house by Rosalind
.. old enough to have a carriage house built beneath at any rate. part of it had been destroyed by fire and never rebuilt, but the stone portion (river rock) remained. hippies were living there in '71. portions of upper stories open to the elements, some temporary (sheet metal) roofing added to the back to lend some structural protection. not sure if the main space on the "first" floor (which was as high as two ordinary floors, certainly) was once a ballroom, or if the hippies - or someone earlier - had knocked out some of the walls.

.. and Fisher's helping, he trooly is. next time i identify Lisa Carver as "voice of my generation," let me - what th' hey - add Mark Fisher as well. guy identified our era as The Securocratic Age and he hadn't seen anything yet !
Patty Ess

Codes of Transmission through Discontinuity

"It's Jackie Drake !"

what is called the color 'tango'
"After what I have just told you, my boy, you can judge what kind of notions and images exist nowadays on your planet about what is called the 'question of the beyond'; it can truly be said that if these concepts and notions of your eccentrics were heard by our hens, they would laugh so hysterically that the same thing might happen to them as happens to your favorites when they take what is called 'castor oil' !"

your boy Lane Barabajagal
.. brought me up-to-date regarding Jen Silverman (he was re.reading The Moors, a play). i'll probably go with her collection of short fiction, The Island Dwellers, 'cause that's what i DO.

a *live harmless reptile* walks into a bar an'

.. circularly blows out this WINDSONG onna Ducornet, doncha know !

[ spoken intro from a lazy day in Cardiff, May ‘66 ] “This is about all the people that say they've never seen you ..” / .. and we jus’ *knew* it was going t'be an interesting morning, popping out from an 11th Incident in th’ Spook Country Toilet dream complete with fax machines (*whirrr*), Prada’s Kevlar collection, and some not-so L33T Haxor offering t’be a “guide” ($$$) : “not interested, kid / got my own people” / and so on and so-forth ..

ps/ your [ghost] advice :Grace Ella Hammond
.. um, staff page, maybe? .. in any case, i was looking for David Hillman (who's seemingly retired).
Patty Ess

Requiem for the Rockets

Mario clewed me into the latest Adam Curtis joint, the six-part Can't Get You Out of My Head. plenty information i've neither heard nor suspected. and feckin' Thornley's there, fer fonk's sake (back when flying was still legal, i flew out to the East Bay - well, to the South, actually, and drove up 880-N - to see a novelist who hung out with KWT at Little Five Points during his terminal decade, hey !).Grace Ella Hammond

“Killarmy” is, apparently, not a city in Ireland, but rather a Wu-Tang offshoot that uses *early hip-hop theorist* Milton William Cooper as a launchpad (see also the relationship between FUNKADELIC’s America Eats Its Young and th’ Process Church of the Final Judgment, step-cousin-in-law to the Saint Hill Manor org, hey ..)

(can Coulson and his team recover the Obelisk before it’s too late ??)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is basically a .. tightened-up THE PALE KING rendered as a Marvel comix Cop Show (discuss ..)

1977-82 NC to NYC pipeline, et cetera
read : KEY AF

.. not to mention my tennis elbow to Nick Wathigo, as i cannot afford to be put on Injured/Reserved in these Uncertain Times (.. a time when Hannityites/Eagles fans are hoarding flashlight batteries like that’s going to amount to a *hill of eels* as we begin the rocky transition from the .. $ecularized Calvinism that dominated the Anglo-American scene for nearly 400 years / to a Transhumanism that is more likely to reduce than enhance, i.e., part of a network of *things* : if 1969’s Brzezinskian vision was a happy meeting place between Unitedstatesian robber-baronism and Chinese Communism, then the next goal is to build a more humanlike toaster, a more toasterlike human ..

MoreScience High vs WaitJustACottonPickinMinute High ..

(Crunchberry Beast @ enforced time loops dot com ..)
rewatched The Endless (2017). holy smoaks!

WandaVision, Kathryn Davis' DUPLEX and so on and so.forth
Patty Ess

Palace of Capwells Reversed

[ #Just2ndFordAdministrationThangs ]

Joel Haver, Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos, Hickey & Boggs, Substance vs Event Ontology, *scene of* April playing the fiddle inna dept. store / a-and she BURSTS INTO SOME PRETTY IMPRESSIVE CGI like some Marvel Comics cop show investigating Dr. John Lilly (she was fine in the end, btw, just left a pronounced heat signature ..)
Grace Ella Hammond
Lia Ices !

.. you can wear suspenders, but must also wear a belt (.. with that said, I do have a box of *dental hygienist grade* BLOO [filtration] MASKS i picked up on sale a decade ago !)

JILL (Philip Larkin, 1940)
.. roundabout p.92 i was wondering was this twisting into something Wyndham Lewis might've taken on in Doom of Youth, but then i recalled that *that* text was from a decade prior, hey.
108: crucifixion by croquet hoops.
126: Bleak House as seduction tool.
148: his "dream girl" (Laytontron, yo !)

The High Llamas, "Market Traders" (1992)

Moderna Therapeutics is developing a *honey baked ham* that delivers the mRNA vaccine. present complication? the ham must be served/eaten at minus 20 Celsius ..

Patty Ess


Flow My Tears ..

( The Death of Stalin/Comrade Detective pipeline to Christina Stead's terminal novel I'm Dying Laughing :

'Sharks don't march down the current, and form in vigilante groups to tear up other sharks. I hope we don't find soft, gentle jellies of our ilk anywhere else in space, progressive ones who've got a few centuries ahead of us in blood-letting and soul-freezing. Even tigers, well, don't trust my zoology, i learned it in the yellow press, tigers get on their hind legs and claw in a man-to-man duel; but we fight in a mob, get all the fun and then, "I wasn't there, Mac." I'm not saying just men; women, too, hid behind the twitched curtain, then rush out when there's a mob of fifty hellcats. That's in Zola, do you remember? Do you think we'll change some day? Will we have a Winter Palace or a Potemkin Staircase? Or blackhat, whitehat till the last President? It's fixed, I guess - leave us to heaven. There's nothing else to do.'

**********Grace Ella Hammond
(Z. Vukovic said there were a couple political figures who - if elections had gone differently - could’ve saved Yugoslavia from the Nationalists within and Atlanticists without. and because I cannot think in Surreallic i cannot give you their names, only biographical details he tossed in : one was a Serbian Catholic and the other a Croat with a Serbian spouse)

Russia's Unrequited Love for the West (V. Golstein)
How many times western countries would hit Russia below the belt, yet, there is always, "Aх, Франция, нет в мире лучше края," "Oh, Germany and its culture," "Oh, Italy, heaven on earth," Oh, English Laws and English ladies," which Dostoevsky never tired of admiring.
Here are several examples of Russia's naive, puppy love for the USA (on the basis of Hans Rogger essay, "Amerikanism and the Economic Development of Russia.")
One US observer writes in 1930: "Ours is the only important Government which refuses to grant Russia political recognition, and yet is our country that Russia emulates and admires." Another comments in 1928: "The word for industrialization is Americanization, and the passion to Ford-ize the Soviet Union is even stronger than the passion to communize it."
The third commentator, who lived long time in both Russia and US, writers that "nowhere was America so earnestly and generally idolized.. America implied competence, responsibility, punctuality, accuracy, and diligence. America meant to work steadily and efficiently, with economy of materials and of energy, but also with daring inventiveness and readiness to depart from routine and bureaucratism. America signified youth and invincibility, the triumph of the machine and the possibility of freeing humanity from the burdens of poverty and toil."
Theodore Dreiser observed after visiting Russia in 1927: "they all want Russia to be like America -- its cities like Chicago and Detroit, its leaders and geniuses like Ford and Rockefeller, Edison and Gary. God! I pray not!"
In 1918, Lenin postulated: "Soviet power + the order of the Prussian railroads + American technique and the organization of trusts + American public education + += socialism." While Bukharin insisted, "We need Marxism plus Americanism." Not to be outdone, Stalin admired American efficiency and business like attitude (деловитость). While Trotsky who observed US and criticized its imperialism, nevertheless announced that "Americanized Bolshevism will triumph and smash imperialist Americanism."
Of course, already Zamiatin in his We, mocks this fixation on Fordism, Taylorism, and other "scientific" ways of exploiting the workers, as he allows his enthusiasts declare that Frederick Winslow Taylor was the greatest thinker of the XX century.
All this is profoundly sad and ironic. Russians -- late Soviet propaganda notwithstanding --seem to be able recognize the best in the western countries, they focus on the best that these countries have to offer and genuinely admire them.
Western gaze, however -- with the rare exceptions of great writers like Rilke or Valery -- focuses mostly on dirt and negativity. Marx and Engels --two most cherished XX century Russian figures -- had nothing but contempt for Russia, and penned opinions that make me very seriously doubt their intelligence or even erudition.
Of course, the pig that recognizes only dirt and the angel that notices angelic -- have their own rewards. Still, the asymmetry of these two gazes are unpleasant and disturbing.

ps/ Matt Heimbach - "the Keebler Elf of the Right" - is a Federale ..]
Patty Ess

Mr. Bradley Mr. Martin Hear Us Through The Hole In Thin Air ..

Patty Ess

Handy captions, photographs

of real-life action
Grace Ella Hammond
I have explained that the Mayan control system depends on the calendar and the codices which contian symbols representing all states of thought and feeling possible to human animals living under such limited circumstances - These are the instruments with which they rotate and control units of thought - I found out also that the priests themselves do not understand exactly how the system works and that I undoubtedly knew more about it than they did as a result of my intensive training and studies - The technicians who had devised the control system were in the position of someone who knows what buttons to push in order to set a machine in motion, but would have no idea how to fix that machine if it broke down, or to construct another if the machine were destroyed ..

(twennytwenny as ghetto of the 20th century, itself a ghetto of the Victorian Age *plus gadgets* : God Tawk, Science Tawk, the godawful specter of Madison Avenue "Science" facing off against Madison Avenue "Religion," C.D. Jackson & so on and so.forth ..)

Katy Lied
"We don't report the news - We write it." And next thing I know they have trapped a grey flannel suit on me and I am sent to this school in Washington to learn how this writing the news before it happens is done - I sus it is the Mayan Caper with an IBM machine and I don't want to be caught short in a grey flannel suit when the lid blows off.

C.D. Jackson
.. was a journalist/spook in the grand tradition of uberWASP Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee (portrayed by Hollywood as a "working class Joe," hey hey)_

Tiny Montgomery says hello ..
Patty Ess

"Kudos to Giffs for picking Merp to play tonight .."

* thanks to Langley Airfield, hey !
Grace Ella Hammond
(The Salon's Involvement with the Airplane)

.. a-and after hearing about Sen. Cornyn’s vow to “bury Tandyn Almer,” i decided to perform a little research :

Sam's back .. or not
took a six month break after tumbling from the platform onto his head. now he's disappeared again : Thanksgiving-related injury involving a deep fryer and a guinea fowl (peace be upon him).

not sure if tomorrow is an "all hands" day, but if so, we'll see Albuquerque an' Stephanie in the same room practically for the first time since their criminous split (peace be upon them).
Patty Ess

"Didn't you pick him out, Wilson?"

.. Wilson glanced back, but he did not speak. He didn't have to.
Vic had a quiet lunch alone - Melinda was not in - read some of the book about stained-glass windows, then went to the Manhattan classified directory and looked up the Confidential Detective Service under the heading "Detective Services." Confidential, he thought again, smiling.

(by way of Manny Theiner) Grace Ella Hammond

nam-dropping th’ Collins Brothers (The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship: An Examination of Epistemic Autocracy, From the 19th to the 21st Century ..) - or Hoffman's Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare even - isn’t *necessarily* a blanket endorsement of the Foucauldian Project, i.e., YMMV. / or yinz can arrive @ [this intersection] same as me :

Robert Frost’s “Directive”
Ian Svenonius’ The Psychic Soviet
Ioan Couliano’s Eros and Magic in the Renaissance
Paul Virilio's The Art of the Motor

hotcha !