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that was a great read, cheers upstate.

i felt the same after 9/11 as mceuan and naipaul, but really it just upped the bar-

still it provoked some interesting notions i've been having about culture and identity.

i VERY rarely have nightmares, but a few weeks ago i had a doozy...

i was in some faceless woman's lap, feeling her soothing, maternal presence... i was an adult though, no baby.

and i was beseeching her to help me refind my identity, because i had lost it.

looking back i wonder why this was so terrifying, as my i.d. causes me many problems which i often would happily trade away for someone else's, but in the dream i was totally broken, a gibbering wreck.

i had fallen asleep to fox news, no kidding.

since then the notion of identity has a whole new resonance, and as a theme it is recurrent, though fortunately the dream was not.

culture and identity...it doesn't get any corer that that...

which is why i like this blog; after almost a month with no net access, it's great to be back.

ta, y'all

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Aug 9th, 2006 at 08:07:31 PM EST
That's great. As long as you're only searching for an identity in your nightmares, you're fine. As long as you're not "identified" in real life, you're fine too.
by Upstate NY on Wed Aug 9th, 2006 at 10:31:58 PM EST
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