March 31st, 2003

Brian and Anne

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Zeitgeist, by Bruce Sterling, reminds me somewhat of things written by Tim Powers. This is a surrealist story where the narrative rules what can and can't happen and how people are perceived (and perceive themselves) has a serious effect on what and how they are.

It was published in 2000 by Bantam Books. on pg 188 Leggy Starlitz is talking to a young up-and-coming Russian hood, Viktor, who says to him,

"Their new yankee darlings are the KLA, an Albanian terrorist mob. They steal cars and sell heroin! It's how the KLA bought the guns to massacre pregnant Serbian women and gouge the eyes out of children."

"yeah, that's some story, all right."

"The KLA were all trained by Osama bin Laden. You know that, don't you?"

"Oh yeah, millionaire philanthropist and all that, he's a heavy guy, Osama bin Laden."

... it makes me wonder to what extent Sterling expected bin Laden to pop out on the world scene like he did.
Brian and Anne

Do you ever get that feeling?

It seems to me there were a couple quotes from Zeitgeist that I wanted to share, and I can only find one of them just now. Not to be depressing, but I think this is a good description of a certain sort of mental.. space. One that people who are depressed or have been depressed would recognize.

"... I was a boy when I went into that prison. Fresh out of University. Prison hardened me. Prison made me a hard man."
"That's the truth about prison," Starlitz mused. "Vaclav Havel said that too."
"I think about those five years in prison," said Ozbey. "When I have Gonca Utz --on that divan there, commonly-- she moves her bottom for me, she moves her pretty legs, she cries out in that sweet voice . . . I spent five years in jail, as a very lonely man, looking forward to a moment like that. And now, I take that moment from Gonca whenever I please, but. . . I have to say this. . . I'm never quite there in that moment. I'm the man who is planning that moment. I'm the man boasting of it afterward. But I never seem to be the man who is there and enjoying that moment. Where did I lose myself, eh? Life seems so perfect. Where did the story go wrong?"