June 21, 2009

Stating the Obvious

I asked a friend if she'd been following the situation in Iran. She said "A little. I can't believe how brave those people are," she said. Something like that.


There is footage of the protests on the BBC that you should watch.


Boyda said...

David said this is the best thing for the country - perhaps even better than a fair election. Not sure I'd go THAT far.

jon said...


can't believe i was away for the "compost" post.

i think the east coast was good for you. Some great posts from there. not that montreal has been bad mind you.

Anonymous said...

I agree with jon that there is a difference between The Eastern posts - that contain a little more enormity -and Montreal that carry a little more angst.

Question: are suburbs inherently Violent? Violence in the broad sense of the word, such as loneliness, airplane noise, pre-prepared food and tupperware, lawns for foliage, the way kids from the suburbs seem to turn out... etc

This is related to watching Bigger Than Life a few weeks ago, and also La Haine last semester

Anonymous said...

and also being trapped at CrossIron mills for two hours due to flooding (no grass= flooding)

Boyda said...

This does not answer your question, but both those movies are INCREDIBLE.

So, uh, if suburbs are inherently violent, they make for incredible films.
(although Paris projects=suburbs?)

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

'She said "A little. I can't believe how brave those people are," she said.'

A little proof-reading goes a long way.

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

Jon: feel free to comment on the 'Compost' entry.

I'm glad you're enjoying the 'Eastern' entries. I'm still in St. John's until the end of June, so there's more to come, probably.

Forrest: Enormity from the Atlantic, and angst from the St. Lawrence? Okay. I can see that. Am I so angst-y? I blame Houellebecq.

I haven't seen La Haine yet. Bigger Than Life though, that was something.

Are suburbs violent? I think it's pretty obvious, though too much is made of it. And condemning the suburbs is like saying "I love Radiohead" -if you know what I mean.

I love Radiohead.

I wouldn't go anywhere near Dave's comment. That's WAY too optimistic. It assumes the end result, and we still don't know where this is going to lead. I think there's a danger this whole thing could backfire in the worst imaginable way. But I'm crossing my fingers, and watching in awe. I just pray the protestors can maintain the moral superiority of non-violence, though if I was in the crowd and saw soldiers coming at me I'd probably have a rock in my hand (as I ran away as fast as I possibly could).

I've got a lot of sympathy for the soldiers.

Thank God Obama is watching closely but keeping his hands out.