Quentin's Weeknotes 8/25/18-8/31/18

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Every Confederate flag in the North is a confession. Each one gives away the entire charade. How can it possibly be about heritage or the other tired euphemisms its Southern defenders trot out?...Every Confederate flag flown outside the slave states is as close as we will get to an admission that the flag represents whiteness, not Southernness.

  • I listened to the newest episode of the amazing podcast The Memory Palace. Walter Knott speaking at the dedication of "Independence Hall", 1966. This week's episode was focused on the origins of Knott's Berry Farm, an amusement park in Orange County that was founded by a farmer named Walter Knott. I knew of Knott's Berry Farm from a throwaway line in the musical Smile, of which I was a cast member in High School. I had no idea that Knott was an arch-conservative, and focused both the park and his political activism around conservative causes. He built a replica of Philadelphia's Independence Hall, supposedly to push people away from socialism, anti-war agitation, and civil rights. 


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    • I finished reading Mike Davis's newest collection "Old Gods, New Enigma's: Marx's lost theory". Davis is a wonderfully readable radical historian of labor, urbanism, and ecology (or in the case of "City of Quartz" his astonishing history of Los Angeles, all three) and he brings to bear his vast knowledge on his first published commentary on Marx. It's worth the price of admission alone for his incredibly funny introduction in which he lays out all the times he's tried to read Marx and failed. There are four essays, all of which are insightful in different ways, but what's stuck with me the most is his quote from the last essay on global warming and urbanism:

    the cornerstone of the low-carbon city, far more than any particular green design or technology, is the priority given to public affluence over private wealth.

    P.S. Mike Davis wrote one of the most interesting and readable accounts of the 2016 election that I ran across as I was trying to make sense of the chaos and irrationalism around me.


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