Tag Archives: The Rural Life

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928, D. H. Lawrence)

At times it seems like reading and writing a novel like this which exalts the immediate bodily and sensory experience of life over the insular and intellectualized is committing a great hypocrisy. The hands that cradle the spine and turn … Continue reading

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Extinctional Family

31 Oct 2013: Fists in the Pocket (DVD, 1965, Marco Bellocchio) Since one bathtub murder in a week wasn’t enough (the first one was faked, anyway), here’s a somewhat different story involving a similar device. While it has an unusual … Continue reading

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Haunting, Taunting, Daunting

20 Oct 2013: Empire of Passion (DVD, 1976, Nagisa Oshima) Though entirely different in its subject matter from the other films of Oshima I’ve seen, it too possesses the same sort of mystical eerieness that pervades the others. It’s not … Continue reading

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Red-Blooded Americanism

20 Oct 2013: Capital (Ch. 33, “The Modern Theory of Colonization,” 1867, Karl Marx) Up to now I don’t think I’ve read anything as economically clear yet as theoretically aligned with the American dream as this final chapter of Volume … Continue reading

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Consolidated Agribusinesses, Incorporated

20 Oct 2013: Capital (Ch. 30, “Impact of the Agricultural Revolution on Industry. The Creation of a Home Market for Industrial Capital,” 1867, Karl Marx) Another brief and somewhat reiterative chapter, emphasizing the awareness that newer large farms or manufactures … Continue reading

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Farmer John Q. Private

20 Oct 2013: Capital (Ch. 29, “The Genesis of the Capitalist Farmer,” 1867, Karl Marx) This very brief chapter outlines how wealthy landowners came to dominate the agricultural landscape. Much of this, as already detailed, comes out of enclosures, expropriations … Continue reading

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In Parliament’s Majestic Equality

18 Oct 2013 [BART strikes & AC Transit bus queues – good for reading]: Capital (Ch. 28, “Bloody Legislation against the Expropriated since the End of the Fifteenth Century. The Forcing Down of Wages by Act of Parliament,” 1867, Karl … Continue reading

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