The Glass Key (1942, USA) – I’m not sure what’s happening here. There are various corrupt officials and/or gangsters scheming against and murdering each other. And there’s an election, and everybody is a candidate. I like it. It’s perfect. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Alan Ladd, the cool second-in-command of the relatively good guy, and a sadistic thug who keeps wanting to beat him up. Watched it all.
Jungle Book (1942, USA) – It’s brave to make the Jungle Book without the necessary special effects technology. The Korda brothers successfully portrayed fairy tale magic in The Thief of Bagdad, but their animal effects are just silly. When Shere Khan attacks Mowgli’s father, you can see that it’s just a Hobbes-like toy tiger thrown at him. Watched: 14 minutes.
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942, USA) – James Cagney is the perfect patriot. Born with a flag in his hand, he goes through life as a harmless entertainer. And then he gets to tell it all to the OMG The President! It’s interesting that the movie is faithful to Roosevelt’s paralysis: He’s portrayed sitting, not even rising to shake Cagney’s hand, even though the viewers would have thought he could walk. Watched: 25 minutes, then fast forwarded to see the patriotic musical numbers, which are sickening.
The Falcon Takes Over (1942, USA) – Cheap and ugly. Watched: 5 minutes.
The Spoilers (1942, USA) – John Wayne, Randolph Scott and Marlene Dietrich display entrepreneurial spirit in Alaska. Watched: 17 minutes.
Det passet godt å lese Nordahl Grieg’s Flagget nå som jeg er midt oppi andre verdenskrig i filmmaratonet. Det er noe med å se alle disse filmene kronologisk som gjør historien levende. Fra mitt perspektiv har USA nettop gått med i krigen. Norge har vært okkupert i to år. Jødeutryddelsen er godt i gang.
Det er nettop denne perioden, de første årene av krigen, essayene i Flagget omhandler. Grieg var kommunisten og dikteren som ble med på gulltransporten etter 9. April, noe han beskriver slående her, og han tilbrakte resten av krigen blant norske sjøfolk og soldater i utlandet. I flere av tekstene følger han disse på oppdrag – med konvoier over Atlanterhavet, og i fly inn mot norskekysten.
Det var derfor helt naturlig at Grieg ble med på et bombetokt mot Berlin i 1943, hvor han ble drept. Det var en del av prosjektet med å oppleve krigen på nært hold, og da spesielt fra sjøfolkene og flygernes perspektiv. Tidligere samme år besøkte han norske flygere på Island. (Visste du forresten at Island ble invadert av de allierte, fordi de ønsket å forbli nøytrale? Jøss!)
Eksil-nordmennene Grieg møter ser på seg selv som heldige. For de befinner seg i utlandet, hvor de selv kan bidra til å frigjøre Norge. De slipper å sitte stille, ubevæpnet. Blikket er vendt fremover: I dag er vi på defensiven, men snart er det vår tur, snart skal vi hjem.
A month ago I found an ex libris bookplate – ie. “this book belongs to ..” – in an old, used book. It looked like this:
The text is in Norse, and is based on saying 58 in Håvamål. It means “rarely does sleeping man win victory”. I love it, both the literal and the metaphorical meaning. So I played around with the picture, and made this:
Ie. I saw something that I liked, (thank you mr Tischendorf, whoever you were!), and I made it my own. And then I had it sent to an online printer of stickers. I’m going to place this in all the books that I read from now on.
This is such a nerdy thing to do. It’s possibly even retarded. But I love that picture, (I may change the design later, but not the slogan). And I believe in doing retarded things, if they’re unusual.
It’s not original, though. Bookplates have a long tradition among bibliophiles. Perhaps it’s time to revive it?
Jeg har et innlegg i dagbladet.papir i dag: Sett dagsorden på nettet. Det er en kortere versjon av oppsummeringsinnlegget fra blåbloggen.
By the time Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson published The Illuminatus! Trilogy in 1975, they had both been Illuminati operatives for almost a decade. Their fascination with the group began with the JFK assasination, which they learned was the work of the Illuminati, the secret order that had long been the real power behind most world governments.
Concerned that two drug freaks, helped only by paranoia and creative historiography, had discovered their secrets so easily, the Illuminati approached Shea and Wilson, and brainwashed them. They were assigned to work as agents within the counterculture, to prevent others from making the same discoveries.
The crowning achievement of Shea and Wilson’s psyops campaign was The Illuminatus! Trilogy. Based on the premise that all conspiracy theories are true, the effect of this satire was to discredit all conspiracy theories equally, including the true ones. It also served to distract those readers who were on the right track, by encouraging them to look for broader, deeper conspiracies that didn’t exist.
Shea and Wilson could thus safely hide the real truth of the Illuminati in plain sight, in a little noted passage in the book, knowing that it wouldn’t matter.
This is a brilliant piece of propaganda, and required reading for all our members, no matter how we feel about those Bavarian upstarts.
- E. Q.
(The above note fell out of my copy of this book when I got it. I don’t know what to make of it.)