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Februar 23rd, 2009 — 7:59pm

Deborah Mathieu: Preventing Prenatal Harm – Should the State Intervene?
(Second Edition)
Georgetown University Press, Washington D.C. 1996

beg, bee: 04.02.2009, 23.02.2009

Review by Heather Draper (PDF)

viii, 188 Seiten, Taschenbuch
engl.-sprachig
Bioethik, Medizin, Recht, Nordamerika

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Mis·chievous·information

Februar 3rd, 2009 — 12:43am

The next day Denise decided to confront her mother directly about the medication she was or was not taking [...] All six of us where jammed into the car on our way to Mid-Village Mall and Denise simply waited for a natural break in the conversation, directing her question toward the back of Babette’s head, in a voice drained of inference.
“What do you know about Dylar?”
“Is that the black girl who’s staying with the Stovers?”
“That’s Dakar,” Steffie said.
“Dakar isn’t her name, it’s where she’s from,” Denise said. “It’s a country on the ivory coast of Africa.”
“The capital is Lagos,” Babette said. “I know that because of a surfer movie I saw once where they travel all over the world.”
The Perfect Wave,” Heinrich said. “I saw it on TV.”
“But what’s the girl’s name?” Steffie said.
“I don’t know,” Babette said, “but the movie wasn’t called The Perfect Wave. The perfect wave is what they were looking for.”
“They go to Hawaii,” Denise told Steffie, “and wait for these tidal waves to come from Japan. They’re called origamis.”
“And the movie was called The Long Hot Summer,” her mother said.
The Long Hot Summer,” Heinrich said, “happens to be a play by Tennessee Ernie Williams.”
“It doesn’t matter,” Babette said, “because you can’t copyright titles anyways.”
“If she’s an African,” Steffie said, “I wonder if she ever rode a camel.”
“Try an Audi Turbo.”
“Try a Toyota Supra.”
“What is it camels store in their humps?” Babette said. “Food or water? I could never get that straight.”
“There are one-hump camels and two-hump camels,” Heinrich told her. “So it depends which kind you’re talking about.”
“Are you telling me a two-hump camel stores food in one hump and water in the other?”
“The important thing about camels,” he said, “is that camel meat is considered a delicacy.”
“I thought that was alligator meat,” Denise said.
“Who introduced the camel to America?” Babette said. “They had them out west for a while to carry supplies to coolies who were building the great railroads that met at Ogden, Utah. I remember my history exams.”
“Are you sure you’re not talking about llamas?” Heinrich said.
“The llama stayed in Peru,” Denise said. “Peru has the llama, the vicuña and one other animal. Bolivia has tin. Chile has copper and iron.”
“I’ll give anyone in this car five dollars,” Heinrich said, “if they can name the population of Bolivia.”
“Bolivians,” my daughter said.
The family is the cradle of the world’s misinformation. There must be something in family life that generates factual error. Overcloseness, the noise and heat of being. Perhaps something even deeper, like the need to survive. Murray says we are fragile creatures surrounded by a world of hostile facts. Facts threaten our happiness and security. The deeper we delve into the nature of things, the looser our structure may seem to become. The family process works toward sealing off the world. Small errors grow heads, fictions proliferate. [...] The family is strongest where objective reality is most likely to be misinterpreted. What a heartless theory, I say. But Murray insists it’s true. (pp. 80-82)

Besprechung

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Februar 3rd, 2009 — 12:06am

Don DeLillo: White Noise
Picador, London 1999
21. Auflage 2006

beg, bee: 20.01.2009, 02.02.2009

“The power of the dead is that we think they see us all the time. The dead have a presence. Is there a level of energy composed solely of the dead? They are also in the ground, of course, asleep and crumbling. Perhaps we are what they dream.
May the days be aimless. Let the seasons drift. Do not advance the action according to a plan.” (p. 98)

326 Seiten, Taschenbuch
engl.-sprachig
Roman, Literatur, Postmoderne, Nordamerika

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