Esther’s Space- journey through my life

February 21, 2007

The World ends, and stuff

Filed under: Uncategorized — estherspace @ 9:27 am
  • Promethean Cab Company: “promethean refers to events or people of great creativity, intellect and boldness.” hmmm. I’m not sure this fits with the reality within Watchmen.
  • tachyon: “any hypothetical particle that travels at superluminal velocity…A tachyon is constrained to the space-like portion of the energy-momentum graph. Therefore, it can never slow to light speed or below. To date, the existence of tachyons has been neither confirmed nor explicitly ruled out.”
  • Bubastis: ancient Egyptian city, center of worship for feline goddess Bast
  • Orrery: (XII-21) An orrery is a mechanical device that illustrates the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons in the solar system in heliocentric model. They are typically driven by a large clockwork mechanism with a globe representing the Sun at the centre, and with a planet at the end of each of the arms.orrery_small.jpg
  • Pale Horse (advertised in backgrounds X-5, XII-2): In 1964 there was a movie released entitled “Behold a Pale Horse” based on the life of a Spanish guerrilla exiled in France after the Spanish Civil War returning to Spain to visit his mother. Behold a Pale Horse is also the title of a book by ufologist Milton William Cooper. Title is thought to have come from the Bible (Revalation 6:8), which states:

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

I think this is likely to be the source of the Moore reference.

In Derrida’s world, perhaps Veidt’s killing of half of New York is an event or rupture. It is certainly responsible for bringing two cultures (at least) together and making them realize that they are in need of a supplement to account for the missing connections between the two ideologies. hmmmm, that made more sense before I wrote it down. Pretending that it still makes sense……the recognition of the need for a supplement causes the de-centering that Derrida insists upon. Perhaps the ‘Burger ‘n’ Borscht’ (what a combination) is representative of bricolage, because the society is using the ill-fitting tools that it does have access to in an attempt to create the ideal universal center. or something

Oh yes, and we MUST discuss the Hiroshima lovers.

Questions I have at the end of the book:

  • Huh? How does it all makes sense.  I finished and my response was, “are you kidding me?!”
  • The Dan/Sam Laurie/Sandra Hollis thing.  Was this all an alternate time scape or are they forever young in their superhero costumes?
  • Why did Dr. M. nuke Rorschach?
  • Why do all of the superheroes pretend that Veidt’s plan makes sense (as does the world)
  • Why did Dan & Laurie decide to have sex just because they can.  Weren’t there more pressing issues to be dealt with at the time?
  • Hiroshima Lovers-throughout their appearance in the book they were often depicted with some non-human explosion or something around there stomach region.  This didn’t really seem to come to much.  Any idea what it was all about?
  • And can that really be the end of nostalgia and the beginning of the new millenium?  It would seem that the world at that point is prepared to completely forget all that has happened in favor of starting anew.  Is it possible to go forward without looking at all to the past?  I would argue no.

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