Out of scholarly duty I saw Savages and it is even worse than expected — it feels like an assault, really. In any case, I was reminded that Laguna Beach is beautiful and I miss it. I learned that Mexicans are savages and pacifists are highly corruptible and unreliable, and that the sanguine, clean, and clearheaded, that is to say the expert violence of an Iraq veteran and former mercenary are the answer in tough times.
In other news I am coming out as an anti-pornography person. You can decide I am anti-sex if you would like, but really I am a mere savage. I am just not American, what can I say. In any case Gail Dines’ book Pornland, about which I know from Hattie, looks much more nuanced, historically informative, and generally interesting than do some of her shorter interviews.
Based on the previews I saw at the movies, the content of the film I saw and Dines’ book, in addition to my recent experience observing one of our Afghanistan interrogators in sn offshoot of action, it appears that U.S. culture is primarily about glorified assault.