didn't realise that cannibalism was a race.
I'm also completely taken aback by this ultra-alterness to 'sexism' &
'racism' &c. I'm of the opinion that poets should have an approach to
language that would allow wiggle room for typified cultural references in
discussion, in light of creativity or, god forbid, humour. (or is it
blasphemous to say "god forbid"?)
or maybe I'm just a bigot! another weighted word that one would do well to
throw around carefully, but one which should always be interpreted in
context. not picking fights here (plus the cannibal quote was simply the
first Lec quote I could think of, and even that I translated from finnish, a
translation of a translation).
2008/10/8 Alison Croggon <[log in to unmask]>
> Is everybody saying that they think Lec _isn't_ referring to deeply
> suntanned cannibals who live in primitive societies outside the ken of
> us civilised types? Ie, that it's totally incongruous, and therefore
> very funny, to imagine Hannibal Lecter with a knife and fork? What's
> the point about "progress", then?
> Just curious. Like I said, I don't know the context of the quote.
> On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 1:42 PM, Kenneth Wolman <[log in to unmask]>
> > Alison Croggon wrote:
> >> ...The only white cannibals I can think of are Sawney
> >> Bean and his family, and they're considered gruesome freaks, not the
> >> emblematic image of the Scots (or that gay German cannibal who
> >> advertised for his dinner). If it's funny, it's because of the
> >> assumed impossibility of a "cannibal" (complete with skull necklace
> >> and bodypaint) eating with a knife and fork. It doesn't work with a
> >> Scot or a German.
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