This blog is closed. For more recent content, visit Chris Clarke's new site Coyote Crossing.

Creek Running North

<< Thump | Main | Profit and loss >>


September 08, 2004

Beneath the pavingstones, the garlic eggplant

One of my two particularly brilliant insights yesterday - the other being the invention of ".nut", a proposed Top Level Domain reserved for crackpot websites - came to me after eating a reaonably good plate of Kung Pao chicken for lunch. Out came the fortune cookies, invented, doncha know, not half a mile from where I sit here in my office. Mine read something like "If your desires are not extravagant, they will be granted."

Very Chinese. And yet for a moment I read it as one of those wonderful old Paris Enrages slogans, thinking it read something like "If your desires are not granted, they were not extravagant enough."

And then I think "This really would be a better world if fortune cookies were written by Cohn-Bendit's old Nanterre cronies from May 1968. They would be inspiring and fill one's heart. 'Be Realistic: demand the impossible!' 'The more I join in the revolution, the more I want to make love.' Like that."

And then I think "and that's really what that whole glorious time came to, isn't it: memories of slogans that could be reduced to cookie fortunes and foisted on incurious tourists."

Sigh. I think I need to go for another walk.

Posted by Chris Clarke at September 8, 2004 04:13 PM TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.faultline.org/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/750

0 blog(s) linking to this post:


decorative line of bighorn petroglyphs

Comments

The first candidate for the .nut domain:

www.timecube.com

Posted by: Christopher Rieder at September 10, 2004 10:09 AM
decorative line of bighorn petroglyphs

Deep title. I ruminate.

Posted by: fred1st at September 10, 2004 05:00 PM
decorative line of bighorn petroglyphs

Oh, but haven't they (the Enrages, etc.) left something more inspiring than that? I like to see the totality of such little pockets of rebellion - which may seem insignificant and tragic on their own - as evidence for Robert's hopefulness.

Posted by: Siona at September 10, 2004 09:56 PM
decorative line of bighorn petroglyphs

This link to Robert didn't show . . .
http://beginnermind.blogspot.com/2004_09_01_beginnermind_archive.html#109469228756633586

Posted by: Siona at September 10, 2004 09:57 PM
decorative line of bighorn petroglyphs