TayariJones.com: âI know that itâs sort of out of style to say you love Alice Walker. Her later novels have not been as good, there is the public feud with her daughter, and The Color Purple in all itâs many incarnations has taken of a life of its own. Alice Walker has sort of fallen into the same category as Maya Angelouâwriters that the new generation likes to publicly mock even [though] we cut our teeth on [their] work. Itâs our Electra complex showing. Maybe this is how we prove that we are grown, having our own voice and agenda. But we canât deny that Alice Walker was a game changer who opened the doors for me and many other writers. You canât take that away from her, and why would anyone want to?â
Firstly, I write here with a lack of experience with making thinkers like Alice Walker âfashionableââsuch fashion shows most likely exist in academic circles from which I would remain separatedâŠ Additionally, every speaker that is allowed to spread their ideas throughout the world with mainstream mass media contributes to a pool of information that children use (correctly and incorrectly) for functional decision makingâthis is the main reason why I would âwant toâ âtake that awayâ from a human being with such a media personalityâeven a charming and seemingly inexhaustibly pleasant person like Alice Walker.
For âusâ to have an âElectra complexâ imposes upon âusâ a Greek model of consciousness. This is a style of thinking that often considers itself absolute in spite of the existence of theories of relativity. This is a style that sees itself embracing diversity and openness which implies that my developing style is âlimited,â ârigidâ and antagonistic without human reason or focus.
Ultimately, I am very pleased that Tayari Jones mentioned Toni Morrison while she celebrates Alice Walker. Ms. Jones praises Alice Walker for being âopenâ about her life which implies that there is something wrong with being the apparently closed way Toni Morrison sees. My ignorant, savage guess is that Toni Morrison understands that the concept of fame and its subsidiary, celebrity, are based on relatively recent inventions (like radio, television and the earth satellite). My ignorant, savage guess is that Toni Morrison places these relatively new things in a larger context, implying a functional knowledge of the ancient world that lowers the priority of celebrity for the sake of mental health. While Alice Walker is a âgameâ changer, I donât think Toni Morrison is playing the same âgameââand we often assume that they are in the same league without quoting vital stats.
âBrain Reads Word-by-wordâ
sciencenews.org: âThe data suggests that readers grasp real words as whole objects, rather than focusing on letters or letter combinations. And as a readerâs exposure to a word increases, the brain comes to recognize the shape of the word. Meaning is assigned after recognition in the brain, Riesenhuber says.â The implication here is that the modern brain still sees words as pictures even though occidental writing has never had pictographs. Those that want to level the accusation of âplayer haterâ better recognize: these words you are reading right now have a heritage that reveals a fundamental lack of understanding of how the brain works. So itâs very sad to encounter a âChinese-Americanâ poet or an âAfrican-Americanâ poet that is so completely satisfied with writing with these words. Simultaneously, it is important to understand why these words are they way they are. The ancient Romans were not stupid. The Roman imperial character set is designed to pass official messages throughout the empire (note the use of present tense here). Pictures are missing from this set because it is designed to be portable from conquered region to conquered region. These words you are making out of these letters are more for military intelligence/espionage weapons than quanta of beautiful poetry. Sure, kid, we can celebrate our ability to âredefineâ something like Roman imperial intentions but we can also work with tools that were designed from the beginning to be sacred and taxonomically coherent. To be so violently uninterested in these pre-imperial alternatives of perceiving the worldâeven when you are a colored descendant of such an incredible heritageâtells me yet again: the ancient Romans were not stupid.
âTeamâs re-creation of ancient Karnak brings history of pharaohs to lifeâ
Meg Sullivan: âAfter being crowned one of ancient Egyptâs rare female pharaohs, Queen Hatshepsut renovated a coronation hall lined with statuary depicting her father, her highly regarded predecessor, as a god. âŠâKarnak is one of the most dazzling sites in Egypt nowadays, but if you try to figure out what any one feature originally looked like, you get in trouble because you have all these elements from different periods standing next to each other, many of which were moved or altered over time,â said Favro, a professor of architectural history. âWe set out to give people a clear sense of the chronology of siteâs development.ââ Since Jay-Z will never fund Black 21st century research into this area, we have to take what we canâŠ but as we read articles like these, we need to continually be on guard with questions like: are we currently in possession of a universal concept of âgodâ or are we imposing ethnic words on another ethnic group that does not use those words? How do we know when we are observing âartâ and âreligionâ? And, in the specific case of ancient Egypt, anything that occurs after the collapse of the so called âOld Kingdomâ is considered an episode in a series of apocalyptic emergencies that eventually led to the fall of civilization and the rise of empire. It is this last sentence that would certainly guarantee my expulsion from any Indo-European funded egyptological study.