Friday, February 4, 2011

CSA: The Confederate States of America

I just finished watching an occasionally brilliant "mockumentary" called CSA: The Confederate States of America. Imagining 150 years of hypothetical history, it addresses a serious topic that the filmmakers handle with intelligence, acumen, and a brutal sense of parody. In fact, it had me rolling on the floor with uncomfortable laughter.

I highly recommend it.

If, on the other hand, you're someone who is currently promoting state rights and a politicized strain of traditional values, this movie might not be your cup of tea. In fact, after watching it, you might feel like you've just been skewered.

On another note, I don't think I can stomach addressing any more of Adam Fieled's screed on contemporary poetics. I did, however, begin reading a collection of his essays called Disturb the Universe, available from Lulu as a free download. I'm about half-way through and, unlike the above mentioned movie, I can't recommend it. Though I understand the aesthetic position Fieled is coming from (and appreciate his passion for accomplished poetry) these essays just don't make a very compelling argument.

Or maybe I'm just a typical "post-modernist," hindered by a head full of politically-correct theory. Who's to say?

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