By Jean Baudrillard
'Since de Toqueville, French thinkers were eager about the USA. but if it involves mysterious paradoxes and lyrical complexity no French highbrow fits Jean Baudrillard in considering the recent World... [He] has turn into a sharp-shooting Lone Ranger of the post-Marxist left." -- big apple instances "The selection of wild, frequently hilarious postcards from his journey to the United States comprises a few of the year's so much orignal and gorgeous writing." -- New Statesman and Society " ... sometimes provocative and as a rule infuriating ... the United States is stuffed with perceptive, nearly poetic observations." -- Rolling Stone "A mix of loopy notions and dead-on insights, the United States is a invaluable (and voluable) photograph of what Mr. Baudrillard calls 'the basically closing primitive society' -- ours." -- big apple instances e-book evaluate
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If you think about the forms that desire currently takes -antinuclear shelters, cryogenization, high-pressure therapy - you see that they are exactly the forms of extermination. To avoid dying, one chooses to withdraw into some protective bubble or other. In this light, we should take it as a reassuring sign that people lost interest in antinuclear protection so quickly (the shelter market has become a mere prestige market, like the market for artworks or luxury yachts). It seems that people have become tired of nuclear blackmail and decided not to give in to it, leaving the threat of destruction hanging in mid-air over them, perhaps with an obscure sense of how unreal it is.
Crocker Bank. Bank of America. ). All bunched together in the heart of the city, alongside the big airlines. Money is fluid. Like grace, it is never yours. Coming to claim it is an offence against the divinity. Have you deserved this favour? Who are you and what are you going to do with it? You are suspected of wanting to put it to some use, and an evil one no doubt, whereas money is so beautiful in the fluid and intemporal state it is in at the bank, when it is being invested rather than spent.
By a terrible twist of irony it just had to be here, in the hills of Irvine, that they shot Planet of the Apes. But, on the lawn, the American squirrels tell us all is well, and that America is kind to animals, to itself, and to the rest of the world, and that in everyone’s heart there is a slumbering squirrel. The whole Walt Disney philosophy eats out of your hand with these pretty little sentimental creatures in grey fur coats. For my own part, I believe that behind these smiling eyes there lurks a cold, ferocious beast fearfully stalking us.
America by Jean Baudrillard