If you can put aside what you’re seeing and think about what Pasolini is driving at then it certainly is not only a good movie but an important one. His main contention is that consumerism is a worst Fascism than the lived Fascism of Italy and Germany because, unlike a political ideology, it functions to coerce your desires indefinitely and without direction. It’s Since The Day My brother Got His Wings I have Never Been The Same T-Shirt the mechanism of control is invisible and all social interaction influenced by it becomes transactional. Just did a bit of reading about it and remember why I’ve always been so intrigued by it.
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Additionally, your point about its main contention is very interesting. I just don’t know if I could stomach it. Definitely not right now. Maybe some day. But this reading group Since The Day My brother Got His Wings I have Never Been The Same T-Shirt help amplify the fun and beauty and helped me make sense out of the rest! It doesn’t necessarily make me like that stuff more; I just think I understand better. Late to the party, but I just wanted to comment on your question about mental health in these end times. I definitely find myself hating Pynchon almost as much as loving him as I read GR for the first time.
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The book can seem like a goddamn worthless chore to read with all the reality bombarding around right now. It can be so torturous and esoteric to a degree that seemingly can only be for the sake of inflicting pain and confusion on the reader. But then it Since The Day My brother Got His Wings I have Never Been The Same T-Shirt some of the most profound and hilariously entertaining sections that draw me right back in for more. “Above all, pain. The clearest poetry, the endearment of greatest worth…” indeed. Maybe I (we?) also betray a penchant for masochism. This is week’s sections were definitely the most fun so far in my opinion. Classic Pynchon slapstick. There’s just something hilarious about Slothrop beating the giant cephalopod about the head with a wine bottle.