6 thoughts on “Tuesday, February 8, 2022

  1. Catalina, Stop in and say Hello to Duane at Pheonix Typewriters.

    Roger, There are many under 40 in the USA who don’t know much about history and many subjects as proven by a news reporter I saw a year or two ago on one of the boardwalks asking young people their education level and they simple questions like if they knew what the Revolutionary war was, or who was the first to walk on the moon, and a few other simple question. Most could not answer correctly. Then we don’t get to see who may have been edited out with the correct answers.

    Kent, congrats on all your reading. I wish I had time to read those kinds of books. I get so involved in others, I seldom read novels or anything similar.

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  2. ROGER, you damn Whoopi Goldberg with faint and paternalistic praise to bemoan and mock those who “don’t know about the holocaust.”

    May I ask, apropos my post today, how much you know–without cheating by consulting a reference or the internet–about what happened in the Congo? About what continues to happen in the Congo?

    I do not wish to elevate or denigrate one systematic slaughter over or under another. It is that I am nauseated by your tone of self-righteousness about the holocaust and your not-very-subtle revival of an old attack on Xicano for which you were universally excoriated on these pages, and in response to which you said you would stop posting entirely (if only). You would not–I’d dare to wager–earn passing marks on a short factual quiz I could administer you about the many other systematic slaughters in history that equal or exceed the horror of the Shoah in scale, and in particular those which do not have powerful interest groups, lobbies, nor an entire state whose military is funded to the tune of billions by the US to make sure they do not fade from public memory.

    Since you’re a man of letters, you might consider Sven Lundqvist’s book Exterminate All the Brutes. Sven’s a white man, and as a Swede is not at all involved in US political debates, so perhaps even you may find things in his book to your liking. His argument: you know nothing about the Shoah if you don’t know anything about the European exterminations in Africa that preceded. By that logic, I daresay you’re likely as guilty of ignorance as Whoopi. But don’t quit OTP in indignation. Come back and tell us how much you’ve learned.

    One final plea: please don’t respond with yet another subsequent post about how much you love this or that black musician or this or that black sailor to illustrate your cosmopolitan egalitarianism.

    Sincerely, the Mule who Listens, then Kicks

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  3. Bill M, Good tip. It looks like Phoenix Typewriters is on the way to the Phoenix Musical Instrument Museum, which is on my itinerary. My sister in law Deb, reads OTP daily, and spotted my Remington Model 5, in a local auction in San Luis Obispo two years ago. ($37). I have viewed some of their geeky videos. Actually quite good to view before negotiating a repair. Thanks!


  4. P.S. “Exterminate All the Brutes” is a searching examination of Europe’s dark history in Africa and the origins of genocide. Using Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as his point of departure, Sven Lindqvist takes us on a haunting tour through the colonial past, interwoven with a modern-day travelogue. Retracing the steps of European explorers, missionaries, politicians, and historians in Africa from the late eighteenth century onward, the author exposes the roots of genocide in Africa via his own journey through the Saharan desert. As Lindqvist shows, fantasies not merely of white superiority but of actual extermination–“cleansing” the earth of the so-called lesser races–deeply informed European colonialism and racist ideology that ultimately culminated in Europe’s own Holocaust.

    Chosen as one of the Best Books of 1998 by the New Internationalist, which called it “a beautifully written integration of criticism, cultural history, and travel writing, underpinned by a passion for social justice,” “Exterminate All the Brutes” is a powerful reckoning with the past and an indispensable contribution to the literature of colonial Africa and European genocide.

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