Playboy: “Zombie: A New Original Short Story by Chuck Palahniuk“, yes, that’s same Chuck Palahniuk who wrote “Fight Club”. [With thanks to BooksLive: Sunday Read: “Zombie” by Chuck Palahniuk by Lindsay for the link]
This new story is about Griffin Wilson, smart-too-smart (“the very definition of an evil genius”) student of “Organic Chem” who zombifies himself with electrodes to make himself “permanent childhood”, “suicide, but it’s not”:
The problem with being talented and gifted is sometimes you get too smart.
No offense to Jesus, but the meek won’t inherit the earth. … The Kardashians and the Baldwins are like some invasive species. … Let them battle over the control of the crappy real world.
Griffin Wilson, he knew the SATs were just the gateway to a big lifetime of bullshit [and so] like a suicide bomber who’s only going to blow up all my IQ points
But before pushing the button, an intervention from community: “If you hurt yourself, you hurt me.…”
Like we’re molecules crystallizing in solution in Organic Chem. Everyone’s holding on to someone, and everyone’s holding on to everyone, and their voices repeat the same sentence: “If you hurt yourself, you hurt me.… If you hurt yourself, you hurt me.…” These words form a slow wave.
Bill Moyers: “Preview: Politics in the Age of Casino Capitalism“
This week on Moyers & Company, author and scholar Henry Giroux explains how our political system has turned people into zombies
This episode of Moyers & Company, entitled “Zombie Politics and Casino Capitalism” is scheduled to air this weekend in New York on both WLIW (Saturday at 7pm) and WNET (Sunday at 6:30pm) – check you local schedule.
UPDATE: “Henry Giroux on Zombie Politics” has a full transcript of the interview:
A very wise teacher once told us, “If you want to change the world, change the metaphor.”
Recently I read a book and saw a film that opened my eyes to see differently the crisis of our times, and the metaphor used by both was, believe it or not, zombies. You heard me right, zombies.
Why that metaphor, zombie politics?
This very funny word-puzzle game show audio segment on NPR is called “Zombie Gourmets“. It is from the NPR show “Ask Me Another” and is part of a series called “Games That Go ‘Goosebumps’ In The Night“.
This “Zombie Gourmets” segment is about guessing “nouns and names that rhyme with brains”, and saying the answer like a zombie would (so that it rhymes with braaaaaains).
One of the contestants, Jamie Orenstein, is a judge (is it Magistrate Judge James Orenstein?) and he makes a few funny legal puns. The first legal pun is a joke about how it’s the first time he’s been reversed and told he was right. That’s very funny. The second is prompted by the host mentioning verdicts, giving the judge-contestant opportunity to drawl “guuuuuilty” for the audience.
The other contestant, Sean Howe, author of “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” refers to his interest in Daredevil. He refers to Ben Affleck and Frank Miller (both of whom also connect to Batman) but of course, the Daredevil character was also a blind attorney.
So the two contestants compete to think of words that rhyme with brains and though I can’t see them, and suspect that the audience reactions are canned laughter, it does sound like they had a lot of fun. The judge wins and moves on to a later round. The segment fades out to Rolling Stones “Sympathy for the Devil” but that’s because the next segment is called “Sympathy For The Tasmanian Devil” so that made me look back to see what the lead-in song was– “Re: Your Brains” by Jonathan Coulton:
All we want to do is eat your brains
we’re not unreasonable
I mean no one’s gonna eat your eyes
Two zombie video clips are going mainstream viral today and both are racially loaded.
The LAPD have a clip on their LAPDNorthEast YouTube: LAPD’s “Invasion of the Zombie Bandits!” — Linda Sharps at CafeMom writes “LAPD’s ‘Walking Dead’ Spoof Is So Awful It’s Hard Not to Love It“
Meanwhile in another part of Hollywood, “‘Family Feud’ Zombie Question Prompts Hilariously Uncomfortable Response” by Katla McGlynn in The Huffington Post covered from Gawker: “Family Feud Player Gives Worst Wrong Answer to Dead Simple Question” by Neetzan Zimmerman. Unfortunately the video clip seems to have been made private and Zimmerman doesn’t write exactly what the contestant said but apparently Steve Harvey mentioned voodoo and Haiti.
UPDATE: the video link was replaced, but then pulled again, – but the contestant said “black“
Truthout: “Rand Paul’s Zombie-nomics Versus Janet Yellen” by Greg Palast:
Will Sen. Rand Paul, misunderstanding the voices of the undead, block the appointment of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve Board? No joke.
with reference to Milton Friedman, explains
An Idiot’s Guide to Gold-Buggery
The Pauls have told us horror stories of the German hyper-inflation of the early 1920s, when you had to schlep a wheelbarrow full of currency to buy a loaf of bread. The cure Paul père hawks, is a return to the gold standard, raising zombie economic theories from the grave, here Friedman buried them.
Is it ironic to call the gold standard a zombie-nomics? I thought zombie economics related to voodoo economics of Reagan trickle-down, and to Alan Greenspan policies (also to social security bankruptcy welfare and quantitative easing and Japan and Italy). Aren’t those inflationary policies the opposite of a return to the gold standard? If so, there’s that zombie again playing both sides of the metaphors.
Meanwhile, assuming Janet Yellen is confirmed, consider the significance for zombie feminism, because afterall, gender politics is the most important thing about financial policy. While we worry what Larry Summers said years ago, has anyone checked if the gold in Fort Knox is still there?
Mediaite: “‘Buzzkill’ Neil DeGrasse Tyson Ruins Your Zombie Fantasies Forever on The Daily Show” by Josh Feldman:
… on Thursday night, Jon Stewart finally gave [Neil deGrasse Tyson] his very own Daily Show segment: “Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Buzzkill of Science.” Tyson has deflated some of the most popular pieces of pop culture with things like “facts” and “scientific accuracy.” And Thursday night, he ruined all hope that a zombie outbreak like on The Walking Dead could actually happen in real life.
Stewart forces the question even after Tyson says this is not really what he does. Tyson portrays himself as finding errors in realistic science-fiction whereas he thinks zombies are pure fantasy that ignores physiology. Though when pushed, he does consider zombie possible for other planets, “space zombies” (see also AstroZombies — and contrast to Astrue zombies).
What Tyson misses is that zombies are metaphor! My problem with deGrasse Tyson is that he talks like a 5th grade science teacher, as if “facts” were knowable. He is a very educated physicist but I think he needs some classes on the social construction of knowledge and the history of science. Science is itself a metaphor set and so-called scientific facts change with history. Not only because of improved technology and new measurements but also because of cultural changes (often both changing together so it’s hard to say which changed first – as in Darwin, habits and physiology change together – instrumentalism, my dear Hegel).
Language is a virus and human minds do become zombied by ideas. The mind turns into the ideas that bite us. But Tyson likens zombies to “backwards time travel” and “love”. Both these exist…in language. And “mastication” refers literally to chewing, but chew on this, love is real. And while you ruminate on that, consider your mind traveling backwards in time as it reflects on lost loves (Cf. Proust).
[correction: I meant incrematalism in regards to Darwin, though Hegel is still dear, and instrumentalism sort of also applies]
Investor’s Business Daily:: “Zombie Apocalypse Stock Portfolio Triples In 3 Years” by Ed Carson:
The zombie portfolio of seven stocks — SolarCity (SCTY), Generac (GNRC), Sturm Ruger (RGR), Smith & Wesson (SWHC), Cabela’s (CAB), GNC (GNC) and Pall Corp. (PLL) — has soared by 230% since “The Walking Dead” premiered on Oct. 31, 2010. That compares to 50% for the S&P 500 index.
Francis was “blown away” by the stocks’ performance but Hoenig says:
You can’t discount the fact these zombie stocks are doing particularly well, but I tell you, if you look underneath the hood, Melissa, they’re benefiting not so much because of zombies but really much more because of government…
Perhaps coincidentally, when I watched the whole 5 minute video segment on the Fox website, it automatically queued as the next video: “American cities vulnerable to large-scale cyber attack” — is that just a coincidence in my browser or did Fox intentionally pair zombies and cyber-attacks? (Cf. zombie hackers)