Saturday, October 26, 2019

Saturday Poetry Corner 13: Bosnia Tune

I thank my Sister for this trauma.
Because that's exactly what the doctor prescribed.
From the website of the Nobel Prize:

Joseph Brodsky was born in 1940, in Leningrad, and began writing poetry when he was eighteen. Anna Akhmatova soon recognized in the young poet the most gifted lyric voice of his generation. From March 1964 until November 1965, Brodsky lived in exile in the Arkhangelsk region of northern Russia; he had been sentenced to five years in exile at hard labor for “social parasitism,” but did not serve out his term.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Throwback Thursday Part 47

Today is the anniversary of "Black Thursday" (1929) which marked the start of stock market crash.
Therefore, today's Throwback Tuesday will be for songs with the word "Black" in their titles.

The trauma of Dongju

The motif of surviving a slaughter by playing dead is so widespread in popular narrative that it is hard to actually believe it. In modern warfare soldiers are trained in so called “dead-checking” – that is checking if a fallen enemy is really dead. Just as the following statement:

Marines are taught “dead-checking” in boot camp, the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, and the pre-deployment training at Twentynine Palms called Mojave Viper, he said. (source1)