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for 2 July 1997. Updated every WEEKDAY.
 
 
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Trow-Beaten

Dear Sucker:

Sometimes you San Franciscans
need to take a break from
bitching about the goddamned
television. Consider this
benefit: You'll have more
energy to harass un-hippies
who want some fucking napkins
with their take-out (and a
straw, too, please, and put
it all in a plastic bag).

We need another earthquake to
thin out your ranks a little.

xox, dead nancy nyc

P.S. By the way, I didn't read
much of the article.

I noticed. At least you're
honest.

I live in New York. I was
bitching about a book, and
about critics who complain
about TV instead of tossing
it on the trash heap. You
have failed the Reading Comp
portion of this test.

I said, I want that
SUPER-SIZED.

As for the earthquake, pitch
it to Fox2000 already.

- Ersatz

 
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That would be "Strange game ...
the only way to win is not to
play." Joshua's line from War
Games
after he figures out
every possible outcome of
nuclear war. Sad thing about
2600: 13 years of the
same layout, same shitty
writing, and the same
"convert a radio shack tone
dialer to a redbox" article.

Marc Powell
<map@evolution.com>

Very good call on War Games.
But thanks to you, my pop -
cultural literacy diploma has
been revoked, and now I've
got to go to summer skool.
I'll get you for this.

- Ersatz

 
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Watching the Directives

Your article was interesting,
but you missed two additional
explanations for the Wizard
of Oz
.

Several people have told me
that the movie is an
allegorical tale about life
as a homosexual in the
1950's. I'm sure it can work
that way, but since the book
and movie appeared before
WWII, this assigns an H. G.
Wells-ish prophetic sense to
Baum and his cinematic
interpreters that is
unconvincing.

A more compelling allegorical
explanation is that Baum was
writing about Depression-era
farmers. The Wicked Witch of
the West is the drought, the
WW of the East is the
bankers, the tin man is the
factory worker, the scarecrow
is the farmer, the cowardly
lion is Wm. Jennings Bryant,
the Yellow Brick Road is the
gold standard which leads to
the emerald city (the
greenback), and Oz is
president. I'd have to check
the book, but I believe the
slippers were originally
silver, representing the
silver standard.

Water killed WW-West
(drought), while property
(and land rights) killed
WW-East. The gold standard
led to trickery, and only the
silver standard was able to
bring Dorothy home. I'm sure
something could be made of
the repeal of Prohibition and
the field of poppies as well.

Coincidence and exegesis are
where you find them, and as
your article hints at,
interpretations
(constructive,
deconstructive, or
pharmacological) reveal more
about ourselves than they
reveal about the text.

-W-

 
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1. Pink Floyd wouldn't have
had to anticipate the
invention of the VCR. The
Wizard of Oz was played on
American TV every year around
Easter. The first commercial
was always right before it
turned into color, which is
where you would have had to
flip the record.

2. L. Frank Baum might have
been a department store
promoter, but the Oz books
were actually a parable about
turn-of-the-century populism
(the Jennings Bryant/silver
standard brand). In fact, if
you read some of his
children's short stories, he
was actually quite a
sarcastic, clever individual
with a healthy dose of
cynicism and anti-consumerism
(he probably despised the
people he worked for,
just like most workers), far
from a promoter of
Pollyana-ism. Don't judge
somebody's art by what they
do to make money - Kafka was a
clerk.

3. Duuuuuuuuuuude!

--mjr--

 
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And, hey man, Dorothy wore
ruby slippers, rubies are
used to make lasers, laser
light shows usually feature
Pink Floyd, and when you
listen to Pink Floyd you
smoke pot, which makes you
munchy, just like Shaggy, who
solves mysteries with Thelma!
(And who was voiced by Casey
Kasem, who was in New York,
New York
with Robert De Niro,
who was in Sleepers with
Kevin Bacon)

Karl Suhr
<suhr@nsu.acast.nova.edu>

 
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