CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (NEW)


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  • CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
  • George Saunders
  • English
  • 13 February 2020
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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline review Î 103 To disarray and civilization dissolves into surreal chaos These wacky brilliant hilarious and entirely original stories cue us in on George Saunders' skewed vis. Using lavish grotesue and generously mocking political correctness and hypocrisy George Saunders thrashes everyday life to pitiful trash reducing the States to the ridiculous dystopia of dark agesThat night I sleep a troubled sleep beside a fetid stream I dream of Limbo a tiny room full of dull people eternally discussing their dental work while sipping lukewarm tea I wake at first light and hike through miles of failing forest and around noon arrive in a village of paranoiacs standing with rifles in the doorways of flapper era homes It s a nice town No signs of plunder or panic The McDonald s has been occupied by the radical Church of Appropriate Humility Everyone calls them Guilters The ultimate Guilter ritual is when one of them goes into a frenzy and thrusts his or her hand into a deep fryer A mangled hand is a badge of honor All the elders have two and need to be helped on and off with their coatsEconomics politics ecology morals and culture degraded dramatically but at the same time vulgarity progressed incongruouslyThe day it happened an attractive all girl glee club was lying around on the concrete in Kawabunga Kove in Day Glo suits looking for all the world like a bunch of blooms The president and sergeant at arms were standing with brown ankles in the shallow favorably comparing my Attraction to real surf To increase my appeal I had the sea chanteys blaring I was operating at the prescribed wave freuency setting but in my lust for the glee club had the magnitude peggedBread and circuses entertainment is the basis of civilization Whatever happens show must go on and the citizens must be entertained The Economics of Business Enterprise An Introduction to Economic Organisation and the Theory of the Firm Third Edition reducing the States to the Warum macht die Nudel dumm? ridiculous dystopia of dark agesThat night I sleep a troubled sleep beside a fetid stream I dream of Limbo a tiny The Rapids of a Great River room full of dull people eternally discussing their dental work while sipping lukewarm tea I wake at first light and hike through miles of failing forest and around noon arrive in a village of paranoiacs standing with Tracking Globalization rifles in the doorways of flapper era homes It s a nice town No signs of plunder or panic The McDonald s has been occupied by the The Laughing Buddha Zen and the Comic Spirit ritual is when one of them goes into a frenzy and thrusts his or her hand into a deep fryer A mangled hand is a badge of honor All the elders have two and need to be helped on and off with their coatsEconomics politics ecology morals and culture degraded dramatically but at the same time vulgarity progressed incongruouslyThe day it happened an attractive all girl glee club was lying around on the concrete in Kawabunga Kove in Day Glo suits looking for all the world like a bunch of blooms The president and sergeant at arms were standing with brown ankles in the shallow favorably comparing my Attraction to The Shadows Part 1 Black Dagger Brotherhood #13 real surf To increase my appeal I had the sea chanteys blaring I was operating at the prescribed wave freuency setting but in my lust for the glee club had the magnitude peggedBread and circuses entertainment is the basis of civilization Whatever happens show must go on and the citizens must be entertained

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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline review Î 103 Ion of the legacy Americans are creating Against the backdrop of American devolvement America's own worst tendencies and greatest virtues are weirdly illuminate. The past couple of months two activities have dominated my leisure time reading and watching NBA hoops After reading CivilWarLand in Bad Decline I was reminded of a hoops argument that I think should carry over to modern literature as well The argument has to deal with the unceasing uest for the so called next Michael Jordan Michael Jordan was the transcendent athlete if not public figure of my childhood There are a generation of kids who still drink Gatorade buy Nikes and wear Hanes solely because at some point in their childhood they wanted to be like Mike Whenever I play a pickup game or even just shoot around I find my tongue subconsciously hanging out of my mouth when I drive to the basket What separates Jordan from similar figures is he actually justified this adulation Watching Jordan was watching a real life folk hero I remember my Dad who isn t an NBA fan during the MLB strike of 1994 ranting about how all professional athletes are overpaid then pausing and adding with the exception of Michael Jordan This is a guy who averaged a couple grand a minute during the late 90s The Flu Game The Shrug Game The Blindfolded Dunk The final shot of the 1998 Finals No other athlete since Babe Ruth has been able to summon similar myth making moments Yet as soon as he retired for the second time the media and basketball fans have become obsessed with finding the Next Jordan Around a dozen guys have been nominated as candidates and while these guys are all extremely talented it s doing them a disservice to compare them to Jordan Jordan is Gretzky Young Sandy Koufax Mohammed Ali before the draft and The Beatles combined a truly once in a lifetime talent I ve started to notice a similar thing going on in literature concerning David Foster Wallace More and it seems the DFW comparisons are used talking about contemporary authors For Christmas I received two books explicitly name checked Wallace on the back cover This really doesn t bother me and I don t think it causes the reader or the publishing industry any harm When I think about it there s nothing like a good DFW comparison to get me interested in a newly published book But at the same time I worry a little bit about it The problem with the next Jordan controversy is that while Vince Carter has or aptly once had the capacity for in air improvisation that Jordan had Dwyane Wade has the ability to put a team on his shoulders and almost single handedly win playoff series and Kobe has the clutch instincts and competitive intensity Jordan had none of these guys are on MJ s level While these guys and others I haven t mentioned are very good to extraordinarily good at individual faucets of the game of basketball Jordan was the best at everything you can ask a shooting guard to be good atI wouldn t go so far as to completely euate the respective greatness of MJ and DFW but there is an analogy here Because let s face it anybody who reads an author expecting a David Foster Wallace doppelg nger is probably going to be disappointed as those who expected Harold Miner to be the next Michael JordanNow that that s said while this argument came to me while I was reading CivilWarLand in Bad Decline I m not sure this review is the best place to expound upon it For starters George Saunders writing style and story telling are both fundamentally different from DFW s If you were to make a Venn Diagram of George Saunders and DFW the overlapping segments of the circles would be a mere sliver at least based on this book In fact I wouldn t be shocked if Saunders never read any Wallace before he wrote any of these stories There are certain traits that Saunders and Wallace share Both are able to write about a world that is fundamentally different from ours in very profound ways but at the same make the reader feel some sense of almost eerie familiarity Be it descriptions of wheelchair bound uebecois assassins who were disabled in a bizarre rail jumping ritual or an account of an employee at a Civil War Era theme park seeking advice from the ghosts of an actual Civil War era family both writers have an uncanny ability to treat the other worldly in a causal manner They both have incredible imaginations but are able to resist what must be an overwhelming urge to let the otherness of their narratives overly dominate the storytelling I feel like I m doing people a disservice when I tell them what the plot of Infinite Jest is about While the world Wallace constructs is unbelievably intriguing that s not what the book is about If you go into the book expecting to learn about The Entertainment and find out what s wrong with Hal you re going to be somewhat disappointed I feel similarly about the stories here While the settings might suggest genre fiction Saunders writing reminded me of Raymond Carver than Philip K Dick or DFW My one uibble may be is that while Saunders is definitely a uniue storyteller and I enjoyed all of the stories there is nothing that really resonated with me or kept me up thinking at night Beyond the polish of the background I m not sure exactly how much is new there I haven t come close to reading the complete DFW bibliography or Saunders but it still pisses me off to no end that one day that wells going to run prematurely dry Because just as there was nothing like watching Jordan in his prime there is nothing out there uite like reading David Foster Wallace What makes experiencing greatness so extraordinary is the uniueness inherent in it s nature Like I said I m not sure how far anybody has ever gone with the Wallace comparisons to Saunders so I m not sure if any of this applies And there s nothing wrong with comparing recent experiences with fondly recalled past experiences But I worry that holding something to the level of past greatness be it MJ DFW The Beatles Brando Scorsese etc does a diservices to both the new experience by holding it up to a standard that is impossible to reach without some glimmer of nostalgia and the old experience by causing us to forget how uniue the first was

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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline review Î 103 This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 1573225797Funny sad bleak weird toxic the future of America as the Free Market runs rampant the environment skids in. Man this little guyI can t fault it a single sentence Every story in this tiny collection made me want to high five the author with one hand and cradle my hanging head in the other Maybe I was a bit hard on his later Pastoralia because I needed to warm up to Saunders maybe my head was just in the right space this time around or perhaps this really is the superior group of stories Whatever magical trippydippy cosmos aligning parade of fck yeah was going on I dug the expletive deleted outta this thing To start the New Year off in tune with my hangover bluuuuues I couldn t have asked for a appropriate tone than Saunders bomb crater soul with somehow but barely still beating heart nihilistic we re all screwed so let s laughness Then again I m in one of those moods where I would kinda fancy taking a slingshot and a pocket full of acorns into a public suare and firing at random You may think he needs to lighten up I have a sense that God is unfair and preferentially punishes his weak his dumb his fat his lazy I believe he takes pleasure in his perfect creatures and cheers them on like a brainless dad as they run roughshod over the rest of us He gives us a desire to be liked and personal attributes that make us utterly unlikable Having placed his flawed and needy children in a world of exacting specifications he deducts the difference between what we have and what we need from our hearts and our self esteem and our mental health Oh HEYALL yeah I wanna marry those words and knock em up with like sixteen babies Then in typical Saunders hates Capitalism fashion there s this next uote concerning a Civil War reenactor who is out of nowhere and to his dismay tasked with the duty of firing live rounds at the pesky youth gangs that have been intruding on and defacing the park where he works I m an actor uinn says uinn s got kids I say He knows the value of a buckThis is acting of the highest stripe Mr A says Act like a mercenaryBuddy you just said a mouthful


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