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Jun142013

Kafkastan

Now that Absurdistan is no longer absurd, many of “We, the People” realize we are now in Kafkastan.

Props to Franz Kafka, the only 20th-century literary figure whose name has become part of language—unlike any other writer—for “Kafkaesque”.  

                       Source: Google / Siteway Illo Franzkafka.jpg / wired.com

The late Frederick R. Karl, author of the immensely critical biography of Franz Kafka, who named him the “representative man” of the 20th century and placed him at the center of High Modernism in Prague, explained the “essence of Kafkaesque” in an interview with Ivana Edwards in the New York Times (December 29, 1991):

"What's Kafkaesque is when you enter a surreal world in which all your control patterns, all your plans, the whole way in which you have configured your own behavior, begins to fall to pieces, when you find yourself against a force that does not lend itself to the way you perceive the world.

"You don't give up, you don't lie down and die. What you do is struggle against this with all of your equipment, with whatever you have. But of course you don't stand a chance. That's Kafkaesque."

Sound familiar?

Welcome to Kafkastan.
 

Reader Comments (3)

Throughout history the gap between the rulers and those ruled was/is a chasm. In due course, that has always led to the State of Absurdistan. Never more so than in these days when the poer of the elected and non-elected trumps all efforts on the proletariat to follow the tenets of The Constitution. I am sure, were we to visit the grave site of Mr. Jefferson, we would see the ground tumbling and rumbling.
June 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaneyB
It is Twilight zone intersecting with the Outer Limits where all possible outcomes are realized. We now have no free will. We are the subjects of the ruling class being different flavors of Vanilla. We have become our worst dream that the founders feared.
June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOpus
Laney B & Opus: I have moved your salient comments to the main page lest they go down the memory hole... Thank you both for voicing your thoughts. Best - June
June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJune Smith

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