Julien Adolphe Duvocelle
Even more: football at its most beautiful is a game about space, about where it will be and who can get there first, who can imagine its existence with a pass or touch, or remove it with a prophylactic run. Vlaar and Mascherano abhor open space and have made whole careers of ending it; Messi and Robben and Muller are inventive Euclids seeking it. A ball moves, and then a player, and a new geometry appears.
and on fairness
But maybe that unfairness is its genius. Texts do something for their readers, and if the comic sports are fairy tales, chances to believe briefly in a better world, then football is a chance to safely approach the sometimes-tender actuality of injustice. It’s far easier, for most people, to deal with their team losing on penalty kicks than it is to deal with losing a job, a partner, or a friend. Football just doesn’t matter quite as much. But the structures are the same—those deep offended griefs, that Milton’s-Satan sense of should-have-been—and so maybe football, more than other sports, instructs its viewers in the virtues recessionary life requires: how to continue in the face of awful things. How to hope and live and work for change despite them.
2) A small interview Vice did with Werner Herzog. Mainly just for this quote:
“So I stopped him, and I said, “Tell me about an encounter with a squirrel,” and that’s where he came apart. That’s where he unravelled and we got to see very, very deep inside his soul.”
3) A decent article on the flaws with many interpretations of anti-imperialism came across my radar. Written by Tendance Coatesy, it’s a decent anti-national blog which I think is worth following.
How does this affect internationalism – something basic behind genuine open-minded ‘anti-imperialism’? Globalisation and mass migration have created a sense that the “distance” between lands is far less than it was 100 years ago.This is a fight that could unite people across the world against the ‘empire’ of those enlarging their grossly unequal territories, not divide them. On this democratic and socialist basis we could be said to be “anti-imperialist”. But there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that corresponds today to the Comintern’s Fourth Congress, “anti-imperialist united front”, nor, given the diversity of world politics and states, does one look likely to reappear. There is no division of the world into clear-cut “camps” to choose. We have to make our own choices
4) Finally, interesting article about experimental exo-skeletons being used in ship building in Korea. The security and military implications of this stuff are pretty worrying.
Brueghel, Jan t.e. - The Triumph of Death-detail#2
A woman who is amongst the revolutionary forces occupying Tehran University, holds up her hand a day after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Tehran, 12th February 1979 -
Last night I watched Ben Wheatley’s 2011 movie Kill List. Starts as a grimey kitchen sink hitman movie and becomes something much, much darker. Wheatley has done some other great movies including A Field in England as well as some of the Innonecent Smoothies adds (oddly at the same time as he was filming this total mind-fuck).
Don’t watch it alone!