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Literature was born not the day when a boy crying wolf, wolf came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels: literature was born on the day when a boy came crying wolf, wolf and there was no wolf behind him. That the poor little fellow because he lied too often was finally eaten up by a real beast is quite incidental. But here is what is important. Between the wolf in the tall grass and the wolf in the tall story there is a shimmering go-between. That go-between, that prism, is the art of literature.

—Vladimir Nabokov

Posthuman? This is a great explainer.

https://youtu.be/3foQb0Qk3T8

coterminous. Use the word coterminous to describe things that are equal in scope. ... The adjective coterminous derives from the Latin word conterminus, meaning "bordering upon, having a common boundary." When something is coterminous, it has the same boundaries, or is of equal extent or length of time as something else.

bri·co·leur
/ˌbrēkōˈlər,ˌbrikə-/
noun
plural noun: bricoleurs
a person who engages in bricolage

paratactic

(ˌpærəˈtæktɪk )

ADJECTIVE
1. of, relating to, or involving parataxis: also ˌparaˈtactical
2. designating or using a style in which sentences or elements within sentences are set down successively with little or no indication of their relationship

soph·ist·ry
/ˈsäfəstrē/
noun
the use of fallacious arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving.
"trying to argue that I had benefited in any way from the disaster was pure sophistry

pyr·rhic1
/ˈpirik/
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adjective
(of a victory) won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor

im·mis·er·a·tion
/i(m)ˌmizəˈrāSHən/
noun
economic impoverishment.
"rapid modernization had an impact on the level of urban immiseration"

Irreversible Noise | Unpredictability + Rationality https://irreversiblenoise.wordpress.com

"Anomie" or a condition of normlessness

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From Wikipedia:

Anomie (/ˈænəˌmi/) is "the condition in which society provides little moral guidance to individuals".  Anomie may evolve from conflict of belief systems  and causes breakdown of social bonds between an individual and the community (both economic and primary socialization). In a person this can progress into a dysfunction in ability to integrate within normative situations of their social world - e.g., an unruly personal scenario that results in fragmentation of social identity and rejection of values

Anomie In literature, film, and theatre 

In Albert Camus's existentialist novel The Stranger, the bored, alienated protagonist Meursault struggles to construct an individual system of values as he responds to the disappearance of the old. He exists largely in a state of anomie,[21] as seen from the apathy evinced in the opening lines: "Aujourd’hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas" ("Today mum died. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know").

Fyodor Dostoyevsky expressed a similar concern about anomie in his novel The Brothers KaramazovThe Grand Inquisitor remarks that in the absence of God and immortal life, everything would be lawful.  In other words, that any act becomes thinkable, that there is no moral compass, which leads to apathy and detachment.

18 Lessons of the Quarantine

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From Benjamin Bratton

It is impossible for any serious person not to see parallels between the inadequate governing responses to both the coronavirus crisis and climate change. Where effective planetary-scale planning and governance should reside, there is instead a screeching void. The various national and regional Green New Deals all imply a shift in the role of governance. Instead of just reflecting the general will, governance is now also the direct management of ecosystems (inclusive of human society)

Deep Assignments: A Ballardian Mix by Urbanomic | Urbanomic | Free Listening on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/urbanomic/deep-assignments

Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango

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Just look at the supporting artists on this track:

  • Bass – Robbie Shakespeare
  • Bata, Bells – Daniel Ponce
  • Drum Programming – Nicky Skopelitis
  • Drums [Simmons Drums] – Sly Dunbar
  • Guitar, Bass – Bootsy Collins
  • Mastered By – Howie Weinberg
  • Piano – Herbie Hancock
  • Producer – Bill Laswell
  • Production Manager – Michael Knuth
  • Recorded By [Recording Assistant] – Peter Sturge
  • Recorded By, Mixed By – Bob Musso
  • Saxophone, Vocals – Manu Dibango
  • Synthesizer – Bernie Worrell
  • Turntables – D. ST

This  represents some of the finest musicians of the 80's, a time often belittled by critics.

God Bless Manu Dibango taken by the COVID-19 virus. His musical legacy blesses all of us.