Sunday, October 31, 2004

Escapism and Election Day

Let's hope the spurious correlation between the Redskins losing and the incumbent losing holds true. If not, many of us will need to partake in some escapism. I'm open to any suggestions for some good novels to take me out of more Bush reality, since I can't afford to just move out of the country. Don't forget to vote - especially anyone in a battleground state!

Here is some more Bush reality in a Times article that discusses the National Guard Unit to which my brother belongs and their lack of standard armor even though convoys are the frontlines. It's ironic because these Guard convoys, who make maybe $80/day for a Specialist and have to stay for 12-18 months, escort civilian contractors, who make maybe $1200/day and get to go home about every 3 months, and are paid out of the same budget - and yes they do talk about this to each other.

Let's hope this Bush nightmare is over soon. I'm optimistic. Way to go Packers!!


At 1:24 PM, Blogger laura said...

Well, if Bush is elected and we turn to escapist reading, we should probably avoid Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale, as it will be frighteningly close to reality...

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Erin said...

Funny you should mention that one. We are reading it in Sex and Madness. Maybe it will feel cathartic, like when you're feeling awful and you listen to Billie Holiday or Patty Griffin and somehow you feel better.

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Laura- Funny you mention The Handmaid's Tale-- I've made this same connection. Somehow it seems like the logical outcome of this current political regime's agenda is a society resembling that described in HT. This concern was particularly reinforced after recieving the emails regarding compulsory ethics training/testing for IL state employees... Erin- I'd recommend keeping science fiction or fantasy novels on your bedside table-- try Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis trilogy. Another world, another time, a whole different set of only mildly relatable problems...

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