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on Ferdinand Kürnberger, for Vienna Modern mokes

  Der Mensch ist geboren, nackt zu gehen und Kokosnüsse zu essen, nicht Uniformen zu tragen und Militärbudgets zu bewilligen.    “Man is born to go about naked and eat coconuts, not to wear uniforms and approve military budgets.” – Such is the conclusion of Ferdinand Kürnberger, a Viennese satirist from Nestroy’s generation. His essay on Cold weather and world history, written in 1865, laments the wrong turn made by history when the inhabitants of the Indus, enjoying great weather and blue skies, decided to migrate to the Danube and upwards: a mistake! “And thus hot Indians became cold Germans.” Kürnberger was a radical – he was on the socialist-anarchist side, against the prevailing classical liberalism of the time, or at least in the beginning. He was even suspected of being a part of a ring of conspirators who brought off the storming of the war ministry in Vienna in 1848 and the lynching of the war minister, Latour. He spent a lot of time hopping from one German town to anoth

turning points - the American conversion story

  What would history be like if you knocked out the years, days, weeks, centuries? How would we show, for instance, change? In one sense, philosophical history does just that – it rejects the mathematical symbols of chronology as accidents of historical structure that have functioned to place people in time for various interests – religious, political, existential – but that veil the real pattern of change (and blocks of changelessness). These are the crutches of the historian, according to the philosophical historian, who brings a sort of human need – even a servile need – into the telling of history. Instead, a philosophical history will find its before-after structure in the actual substance of history, under the assumption that there is an actual substance to history. In the case of the most famous philosophical history, Hegel’s, a before and after, a movement, is only given by the conceptual figures that arise and interact in themselves. To introduce a date, here, is to introduc

The Final Girl by Karen Chamisso

  The  final girl  is a trope in horror movies, referring to the female protagonist who remains alive at the end of the film – Merriam Webster dictionary   The final girl writes her scenario in the blood of the stabber she outstabbed in the finale Not once but twice. Fortunate she. Are these all things that totally must be?   Whose friend by toxic hand Of masked psycho was skewered Such einsatzgruppe of serial killers! And such normal neighborhood streets Where   victim and slasher meet n greet.   In this landscape mourning has no memory but as is borne in backyard barbecue dusk - only the synaptic jigger of jumpscares endless, sequel after sequel and in the tired end, the prequel.   Here’s the closet where he hid. Here’s the garage where he hid. Here’s the kitchen where he hid implement in hand - I know it’s hard for you to understand.   Still, the final girl proves to be our real desperado as full of tricks as a rattlesnake, f