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Monday, October 11, 2004


love the bomb

the new york times (free subscription required) yesterday carried a somewhat sentimental but insightful remembrance on the 40th anniversary of the release of stanley kubrick's "dr. strangelove" (which, of course, is accompanied by the mandatory new-and-improved dvd release).

dark farce that it was, i think many folks find "strangelove" alienating in some way -- like they're being played for some kind of a fool by watching it. quite the opposite, imo. indeed, what but farce can capture the absurdity of our ironic modernity? the capacity of farce to suspect woeful truth is well documented by the columnist, slate's fred kaplan.

it's testament to both the quality of kubrick's work and the continuing ridiculous futility of life in our age that the philosophical observations and lessons of "strangelove" -- most emphatically, that the worst you can imagine about our black-box executive bureaucracy is probably less surreal and demented than the actuality -- continue to be wholly applicable to the american political and military establishment.

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war room.

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