Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The advantages of literature over philosophy.
Gravity's Rainbow describes two acts of collective suicide by two groups of Herero tribesmen almost half a century apart, the first as a refusal to accept death at the hands of Germany and as a last humanist act of choice against the inhuman, the second by the remnants of the Schwarzkommando, the elite Herero stormtroopers, as last act of nihilism after their war is lost.

You need to try each case on the merits. There's no one definition.

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