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re-read an old Edward Said article, written just after 9/11/2001... a critique of Samuel Huntington's atrocious and influential "Clash of Civilizations". Said:

"How finally inadequate are the labels, generalizations and cultural assertions. At some level, for instance, primitive passions and sophisticated know-how converge in ways that give the lie to a fortified boundary not only between "West" and "Islam" but also between past and present, us and them, to say nothing of the very concepts of identity and nationality about which there is unending disagreement and debate. A unilateral decision made to draw lines in the sand, to undertake crusades, to oppose their evil with our good, to extirpate terrorism and, in Paul Wolfowitz's nihilistic vocabulary, to end nations entirely, doesn't make the supposed entities any easier to see; rather, it speaks to how much simpler it is to make bellicose statements for the purpose of mobilizing collective passions than to reflect, examine, sort out what it is we are dealing with in reality, the interconnectedness of innumerable lives, "ours" as well as "theirs.""
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Reading, among other things, Neal Stephenson's "Anathem", recommended by my dear Uncle Dave. Has me in a Sci-Fi mood. Wondering if anyone has read Kim Stanley Robinson's "2312", and if so, what they might have to say about the book. Or any other recommendations?
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