Friday, July 21, 2006

Reading History is not a good idea...

...because you end up with a head full of details that no one actually cares about.Actually, only Blaaaaahnians don't give a damn and since I'm surrounded by them and I cannot infringe on their stupidity and tell them such things, I shall keep it for the virtual realm. Now seeing as though I'm a part-time Historian as well (never ending bundle of suprises aint I? :p), I've decided to share a little bit of random history.

Ernest Hemingway was born today in 1899. Puts him squarely into the Modernist literary bracket, although he started writing towards the end of it. I think he won a Nobel at some stage and a Pulitzer too. And like all great artists he also killed himself (when he was in his 60s I think). If you're looking for poetic writing you're not going to find it with him, cos his style was just to say things, he has practically adjective free writing. Yes, dear ones, he didn't write like your queen here He wrote the book For Whom the Bell Tolls (title coming from John Donne of the metaphysical poets famous poem which has the lines "Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee". Donne also wrote the "no man is an island" poem. Starting to click now people?

Annnnnnyway on this day 21 July Neil Armstrong set foot on ze moon. He beat those damned Commies to it yeah, and he did it cos he's American and they're free and brave and they kicked the asses of those Unholy Reds... (And please do NOT comment and say "You know he heard the Azaan up there" cos, besides space being a vacuum, I promise you, I will lock you in a room with Aunty Bibi (neighbour/resident self-taught theoretician) and then you can have a discussion with her and the assortment of other theories of that ilk.)

Yep and that icon of recklessness and of the "Wild West" Jesse James robbed a train for the first time in History in 1873. He pulled an Ocean's 11 type move.His career prior to becoming an "outlaw" was as a guerilla/militia type for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. I remember when I was really young there was this thing on the news where they were gonna be exhuming his body to check that he really was dead and that it really was him buried there. Weird hey? That such a person can be so ingrained in popular culture/modern folklore that their legacy holds a 100 years after they're dead.

I wonder if the same's gonna happen to Kurt Cobain.... His file's never been closed and I just can't understand how come he hasn't joined Tupac and Elvis in that Pantheon of People who're still around, living it up by cleaning floors in cheap diners and motels in Middle America.

The Truth is Out There...
woooo hoooo hooo hooo hooo hooo *spine tingles*
^^^ Credits to Mark Snow


Blogger The K-man said...

Lol @ Aunty Bibi: The conspiracy theorist :)

July 21, 2006 8:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes i totally agree with your title, History is just irritating it distracts one from moving forward... Hisory is ok just to know, but there really aint much in it...a really pointless thing in my opinion, it just dredges up unwanted hate, anger, animosity etc. among the various nations in the world aswell as also in individuals lives...

July 23, 2006 2:12 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

crap btw the last comment was from me Infi

I hate it when i forget that...

July 23, 2006 2:13 am  
Blogger The K-man said...

You should never linger in the past but i feel History is important because it shows us and reminds us of what not to do. If you dont look back on history you may make the same mistakes all over again.

July 23, 2006 12:52 pm  
Blogger queen_Lestat said...

k-man: yeah, History teaches us the about the past to learn about the future. We can't ignore it or deny it, best we can try to do is learn from it.

July 23, 2006 1:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True, yet clearly we are not advanced/evolved enough of a species to learn our mistakes from the past... as the most dominant species on this planet and arguably the most intelligent, we fail to learn from the past, so i say if we have failed thus far in learning those lessons, then why bother??? we have 5000 years of documented history of war after war after war, but we still continue to go to war... so have we really been learning??? i think not we merely repeating what we have done in the past... therefore its pointless as we as a species are too stupid to realise the errors in our ways and our past to correct it for a a better future.


July 24, 2006 8:41 pm  

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