The First Three “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid” Movies

The first three films in this series are surprisingly unpozzed: the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), as well as its two sequels Rodrick Rules (2011) and Dog Days (2012). The overarching story is about Greg Heffley, a skinny middle-school kid, dealing with the anxieties of social life, his older brother’s villainy, and his first love. The tone of these movies is light. Greg frets of failing to keep up with the physical maturing of his peers but he isn’t particularly “wimpy” and weakness as such is not a theme in the stories.

There might be a spoiler or two below… but come on. You’re not gonna watch a preteen comedy for the suspense.

Like everything in pop culture, the Wimpy Kid movies will be imperfect. I watch these things with a jaundiced eye, and the unwholesome thing I’d point to in these films, would be a few scenes with boys on toilets or in their underwear. That may well be an innocuous artistic decision but given the pall over Pedowood, you presume guilt.

Other minuses, is that the dad is a passive idiot. He’s weirdly played by a handsome actor whose face for some reason always has a bizarre mongoloid grimace. The dad comes into his own in Dog Days, when he connects with Greg and stands up to his own nemesis.

The big one — Diversity — is almost nonexistent. There is a black extra or two in various scenes (like I said, the movie is not perfect). But the only colored character with a speaking part is a comic-relief Indian kid. In fact, not only is the school nearly all-White, but it’s our familiar faces everywhere, on down to country club waitstaff. Movies six to eight years ago weren’t as heavy-handed with diversity as they are now, but these first three Wimpy Kid films have the racial optics of Friends.

A satisfying irreverence toward feminism, personified by Greg’s obnoxious and tightly wound classmate Patti Farrell, is one of the films’ comic high points. She joins the boys’ wrestling team, triumphantly crowing about Title IX. Paired with her in practice, Greg has no idea what to do, fearing trouble should he get physical with a girl. In another scene, she imperiously invokes her mother’s position as PTA president to coerce a drama teacher into a concession.

There is, in fact, an Eighties feel about these films. The hard rock aesthetic is central, with Greg’s older brother Rodrick being the leader of an amateur heavy metal band. Hairstyles, even clothes in subtle ways, along with the mannerism, felt oddly and nicely retro in that sense.

Holly Hills is the love interest in the second and third film. In spirit with feel-good comedy, she is lovely and kind — and unrealistically available to an average boy like Greg. That’s poetic license, of course: where there is no alpha, there is no conflict over pretty girls, who in turn give unexceptional boys a chance to come into their own. Don’t take that as the script writer’s wish-fulfillment; if you remember your first feelings for girls at that age, you will see in Greg and Holly’s friendship your own formative idealization of the woman. When a boy still stands with one foot in innocence and one in desire, his first intimacy with a girl, and I’m not talking about physical contact as that is not in the story, is nothing less than his discovery of the female eros.

Another thing I liked, was the stories’ treatment of antagonists. What always sat wrong with me in American youth comedies, is that the bad guy was almost invariably annihilated, completely. Presumably to the audience’s catharsis, but not to my moral instinct. Watching those comedies back in my school-kid days, I thought, “OK, the guy is an asshole, but he’s just a teenager. Is it necessary to so viciously humiliate and destroy him?” I didn’t enjoy one-dimensional villains and always preferred man vs. man conflicts resolved with the two rivals reconciling and learning from one another. And in the Wimpy Kid movies, unsympathetic characters were handled fairly enough. For example, a threesome of older-teen bullies in a pick-up truck were the most egregious of malefactors, and they lived to drive another day. The harshest comeuppance is meted to a cartoonishly unpleasant girl, whose Sweet Sixteen party is ruined.

The first three Wimpy Kid movies have a few good lessons and moments of hilarity. The family is identified as Christian, having been shown attending church. The main characters and supporting crew are likeable: the GenX mom with her sexy librarian look, the effortlessly charismatic older brother, the chubby best friend with a twinkle in his eye, and others.

(I haven’t seen last year’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul yet. It has an all-new cast because the original actors had aged out of their roles.)

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Greg and Rodrick

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President Trump’s Accomplishments In 2017

We know the President’s vision. He had spelled it out throughout the election campaign, in his inaugural address, and in Warsaw. It’s a vision of nations prevailing over globalism.

Donald Trump is a brilliant and patient long-term strategist. He’s a clean man in a system where dirt is puppet-strings and he may well be guided by God’s hand. He knows the lessons of presidents who peak too early in their first term. Example: GHW Bush after Gulf War I.

A Pastebin user has compiled a long list of the President’s accomplishments in his first year of office. I pasted them below. A link is provided with each bullet over there. What’s listed is specific, measurable actions. Trump’s meta-accomplishments, such as the discrediting of Fake News Media and inspiring White kids worldwide, to name two, are built on those Herculean one-off accomplishments.

Let’s make it a good 2018.

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From Pastebin, Trump Hasn’t Done Anything:

Economy

  • Trump Cut More US Debt for Longer Period than Any President
  • 2017 Debt Growth slows
  • Q3 GDP up 3.2%
  • Government spending as % of GDP down
  • Exports 2.5yr high
  • Record 6M job openings, 6.8M Americans looking for jobs
  • Small business confidence spurring hiring and spending spree
  • Wages up 2.5%
  • Inflation 1.7%
  • Consumer confidence NOV 129.5 17yr high
  • Consumer Sentiment Up
  • Economy Reaches Its Potential Output
  • 63.1%: Participation Rate: Trump-Era High
  • Fewest Jobless Claims Since 1973
  • 2.2M jobs added since election
  • 2017 Unemployment record low in 13 States
  • Summer Youth Unemployment Lowest Since 1969
  • Black Unemployment Lowest in 17yrs
  • Hispanic Unemployment all time low
  • Unemployment to drop: lowest since 1969
  • Manufacturing Expands at Fastest Pace in 13yrs
  • Summer employers hired American, raised wages
  • Recovery Trickling Down to Least-Educated Workers
  • Median Incomes Climb- First Since 2007
  • Blue-collar wages surging
  • Job Satisfaction Highest Since 2005
  • 1.5M Fewer on Food Stamps
  • Net worth rose 1.8%
  • New-Home Sales 11yr High
  • 2017 Durable goods rose 5.4%
  • Dow: first eight-quarter winning streak in 20 years
  • Stock market powers wealth to $96.2t

Behind the Scenes

  • Trump Is Rapidly Reshaping the Judiciary.
  • Trump vs. the Deep Regulatory State
  • While eyes are on Russia, Sessions dramatically reshapes the Justice Department
  • How the CIA Is Changing Under President Trump
  • Pruitt on a mission to change the climate of the EPA
  • Trump Defied Bureaucracy to Advance Immigration Agenda
  • Trump Has Quietly Accomplished More Than It Appears
  • Trump: Keeper of Promises
  • Trump Declaration Of National Emergency Throws US Media Into Silence, And Global Elites Into Terror

Department of Homeland Security

  • Final Panel in Upgraded Border Fence Installed
  • Army Corps starts pre-construction work on border wall
  • Texas Wildlife Refuge Prepared for First Border Wall Segment
  • Bill allocates $1.6 billion for border wall
  • Border wall prototype anti-climb testing begins
  • Feds take over Texas National Guard border mission
  • Border Patrol Morale at Highest Level
  • Crossing Border Illegally Is Harder Than In 50yrs
  • Border Crossing Arrests 46yr Low
  • Memo: ICE officers have free rein
  • ICE Morale Through the Roof
  • US agency raids Indian IT firms
  • Silicon Valley Staffing Firm Charged, H1B Fraud
  • Raids target suspected gang members
  • 80% jump in illegal targets
  • New crackdown on sanctuary cities
  • ICE wants smuggling charges on leaders of sanctuary cities
  • Denver To ICE: Stop Arresting Illegal Immigrants At Courthouse. ICE To Denver: Not A Chance.
  • Colorado Deportations up 150%
  • ICE raids net 650 arrests
  • 17 Texas sheriffs approved to partner w/ICE
  • ICE crackdown scaring families back to Mexico
  • Raids turn Oregon city into ghost town
  • Self-Deportation Up 31%
  • Trump ends Obama-era delay tactics
  • ‘Extreme Vetting’ for green cards
  • DACA Renewals Drop 21%
  • Reforms To Immigration Courts

Department of Justice

  • Sex traffickers took hundreds from Thailand to US
  • Sex Trafficking Arrests Soar; MSM Ignores
  • Sessions Declares Fight Against Elite Pedophiles Top Priority
  • 238 arrested in sweep of suspected child sex predators
  • Marshalls Seek Unregistered Sex Offenders, Arrest 12
  • 84 kids rescued, 120 human traffickers arrested
  • DOJ Arrests Over 1,000 Child Sex Predators
  • DoJ takes down of AlphaBay, largest dark web market
  • Sessions announces crackdown on ‘so-called’ sanctuary cities
  • DoJ Stands by Texas’s Voter ID Law
  • Sessions bringing back the harshest sentences for drug offenses
  • Sessions reassures: No pot crackdown imminent
  • 400 medical professionals charged largest health care fraud takedown
  • Pharma CEO indicted on opioid fraud and racketeering
  • Big increase in cocaine seizures
  • Sessions’s New Civil-Forfeiture Rules
  • Four charged with leaks from Trump administration
  • DOJ conducting 27 investigations into classified leaks
  • DOJ Halts Operation Chokepoint, Which Targeting Gun Dealers
  • Fed Gun Prosecutions up 23%
  • DOJ will intervene in campus free speech cases
  • DOJ files suit against company for not hiring Americans
  • 3,800 Gang Members Charged in Operation Spanning United States and Central America
  • Sessions ask FBI for info on Uranium One
  • Sessions orders review after report Obama gave Hezbollah pass

Department of the Interior

  • Day One: Secretary Zinke Signs for Orders to Expand Access to Public Lands
  • Zinke Signs Secretarial Order To Streamline Process For Federal Onshore Oil And Gas Leasing Permits
  • Secretary Zinke Announces Boost to Wetland, Waterfowl Conservation, Access to Public Lands Through Conservation Grants, Federal Duck Stamp Funds
  • Secretary Zinke signs Secretarial Order to Support Sportsmen & Enhance Wildlife Conservation
  • Ryan Zinke plans overhaul because Interior Department employees ‘not loyal’
  • A Vision for American Energy Dominance

Department of Education

  • Campus Rape Policies Get a New Look as the Accused Get DeVos’s Ear
  • DeVos’ meetings with ‘men’s rights’ groups over campus sex assault spark controversy
  • Betsy DeVos Is Right: Sexual Assault Policy Is Broken
  • DeVos to Replace Obama-Era Sexual Assault Guidelines
  • Betsy DeVos announces huge overhaul of federal student loan system
  • Trump to pull feds out of K-12 education
  • Executive Order on Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education
  • Education Secretary DeVos says Common Core no longer an issue for schools
  • DeVos rescinds 72 guidance documents outlining rights for disabled students
  • DeVos offers buyouts to shrink Education Department workforce
  • Education Dept to limit scope of civil rights investigations at schools

Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Ben Carson Finds $500 Billion (Billion!) In Errors During Audit Of Obama HUD
  • HUD poised to end Obama’s illegal Section 8 housing grant scheme

Office of Management and Budget

  • Mulvaney: Obama Administration Had ‘Secret List’ of Regulations
  • Trump budget chief touts progress in rolling back regulations
  • Mick Mulvaney: Tax reform proposal coming ‘very early in the fall’
  • Mulvaney: Obama Administration Had ‘Secret List’ of Regulations
  • Trump Cut Regulations 32%
  • Mick Mulvaney on the Budget, Congressional Scorekeepers and Staying Frugal
  • Research and Development Priorities
  • CFPB Now a Deregulation Department
  • Mick Mulvaney Staffing CFPB with Trump Loyalists

Department of Energy

  • Rick Perry and the “Texas Approach” to Renewable Energy and Infrastructure
  • Rick Perry’s Plans for US Energy Dominance
  • Trump approves US-Mexico pipeline: ‘That’ll go right under the wall’
  • Oil starts gushing through controversial Dakota Access Pipeline
  • DOE Announces $6.9 Million for Research on Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts
  • Perry wants DOE to support small modular nuclear reactors
  • Senate subcommittee approves $38.4B to fund ARPA-E, DOE programs in 2018
  • U.S. coal exports soar, in boost to Trump energy agenda, data shows
  • By the way, the U.S. has become the world’s dominant energy superpower
  • Rick Perry’s “baseload” study released, offers a lifeline to coal, nuclear
  • Trump Admin Proposes The Biggest Change To Electric Grid In Decades
  • Coal Production Up 7.8%

Department of State

  • Tillerson to shutter war crimes focused State Dept. office
  • It’s a bloodbath at the State Department
  • Tillerson Tightens Limits on Filling State Department Jobs
  • State Department to Offer Buyouts in Effort to Cut Staff
  • Report: Trump plans to cut foreign aid, merge State and USAID
  • Rex Tillerson, Mediating Gulf Dispute, Signs Antiterrorism Pact With Qatar
  • Rex Tillerson blasts China for hiring slaves from North Korean government
  • Tillerson to back up Trump efforts to bolster Eastern Europe against Russia
  • Tillerson on North Korea: Military action is ‘an option’
  • Trump to stop travel from countries that refuse to help Homeland Security
  • New Order Indefinitely Bars Almost All Travel From Seven Countries
  • Trump takes more Christians than Muslim Refugees
  • Fewest Monthly Refugee Arrivals in August Since 2002
  • Trump signs order cutting refugee quota to lowest level since 1980
  • Trump Announces ‘Extreme Vetting’ Plans
  • Trump set to DEPORT 300,000 refugees

Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Trump Signs Bill to Extend Veterans Choice Program
  • Trump Administration Streamlines Veteran Medical Records
  • White House to launch veterans’ complaint hotline
  • President Donald J. Trump visits VA and signs executive order ‘Improving
  • Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs’
  • VA fires more than 500 feds under Trump, even before new accountability law
  • Trump signs VA accountability act into law, promises better care for veterans
  • VA expands telehealth access
  • How the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 may drive civil service reform
  • Trump signs ‘Forever GI Bill,’ boosting aid to student vets
  • Trump Signs Bill to Streamline VA Disability Claims Appeals Process
  • Trump to announce new refugee admissions cap, stronger vetting rules as ban expires
  • Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform Act SIGNED
  • VA Prescription Data Accountability Act SIGNED
  • Enhancing Veteran Care Act

Commerce Department

  • U.S. Banks to Get Greater China Access (GS, MS)
  • Trade agreement clears way for Moody’s, Fitch and S&P to rate onshore bonds
  • China, U.S. reach trade agreement on beef, poultry and natural gas
  • China buys more U.S. coal, sends North Korea
  • China opens rice market for US exports for first time ever
  • First U.S. Natural Gas Shipped to Poland
  • Trump slaps tariffs on Canadian lumber imports
  • U.S. makes final finding rebar exports from Taiwan
  • United States and Mexico finalize sugar trade deal
  • Trump orders probe of China’s intellectual property practices
  • Crude oil shipment from Texas opens new vistas in India-U.S. ties
  • Argentina agrees to allow first U.S. pork imports in 25 years
  • Companies behind Trump’s $250 billion China deal

Department of Defense

  • Mattis: ‘Annihilation Tactics’ Being Used Against ISIS
  • ISIS leader ‘admits DEFEAT in Iraq and orders militants to flee or kill themselves in suicide attacks’
  • ANALYSIS: ISIS facing knockout punch in Raqqa after losing Mosul
  • 95 percent of the territory ISIS once controlled in Iraq and Syria is now liberated
  • Mattis decides to withhold U.S. cash from key Pakistani military fund
  • US, Gulf countries form new group to stem flow of terror financing
  • James Mattis threatens to ‘moderate’ US backing for Nato over budgets
  • NATO weighs new counterterrorism post following Trump’s demands
  • U.S. Cyber Command will be elevated to a “Unified Combatant Command”
  • Pentagon: Trump-Era Rules Allow First U.S.-Afghan Forces Strike on Taliban Drug Labs
  • Officials Announce First DoD-Wide Audit

Small Business Administration

  • SBA Administrator McMahon leading agency by ‘effective and efficient’ example
  • U.S. Small Business Administration opens assistance center
  • SBA chief Linda McMahon talks loan process, role in youth jobs during Baltimore visit

Department of Transportation

  • Trump Lays Out Plan to Privatize Air Traffic Control System
  • President Trump Announces “Massive Permit Reform” Push
  • Trump Signs Order Rolling Back Environmental Rules on Infrastructure

United Nations

  • Haley Tells Congress US Assuming More Assertive Role at UN
  • Nikki Haley defends Trump’s doctrine of diplomatic chaos
  • Haley cheers cuts to UN peacekeeping: ‘We’re only getting started’
  • UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea
  • U.S. walks away from UN migration agreement
  • Nikki Haley Threatens the UN
  • US secures $285M cut in UN budget

Treasury Department

  • Tax reform shocker: the White House actually has a plan
  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Just Laid Out a Pathway for Social Security Benefits to Be Cut
  • Trump sides with Mnuchin on debt ceiling strategy
  • Treasury to call for rolling back banking regulations
  • U.S. wants free but fair and balanced trade: Mnuchin

Department of Health and Human Services

  • Tom Price: CBO’s health insurance projections are significantly off
  • HHS analysis finds Cruz amendment lowers premiums, boosts enrollment
  • The Trump administration is using Obamacare marketing dollars to attack Obamacare
  • HHS to Rescind Birth Control Mandate in Obamacare
  • Trump clears way for ObamaCare ‘alternatives’
  • Trump will end health care cost-sharing subsidies

Environmental Protection Agency

  • President Trump’s executive order will undo Obama’s Clean Power Plan rule
  • EPA’s Pruitt moves to roll back over 30 environmental regulations in record time
  • Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord
  • Trump’s EPA To Repeal Obama’s ‘Waters Of The US’ Rule
  • EPA chief says administration to roll back Obama’s clean power plan
  • EPA to block scientists who get agency funding from serving as advisers

Shots of Wisdom, Part 8

Absinthe. Public mood during the 1999 bombing campaign of Serbia was a touch uneasy. How do you stop good men from marching off to kill for global usury? ‘Nam-era “baby-killer” shaming is one way. Except this time, it wouldn’t be hippies casting judgment.

Alternatives. It wrecks the neoliberal program, to let people see countries that are all-White and also prosperous and sanguine. Such images give you ideas, citizen, that there is an alternative to Diversity.

Animals. When the plug is pulled on third world’s population bubble, it will be to save the megafauna.

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Asylum. For the sake of the Boers, bring them all in or none because emigration of some will only make life harder for the ones left behind.

Consent. Her hindbrain brings her to your room, her forebrain (duh — what else would it do) withholds consent. There’s the rub. By natural law, being alone with you is consent. There is no such thing as Alpha when she had to say Yes twice.

Furies. Women are clawing out Weinstein’s eyes. It’s our femme-collective’s barfing out the uncorked decades of sludge.

Liberation. Should the DPRK ever join the so-called international community, the timing of such a liberation will be potentially catastrophic for its younger men. “Foreign sex tourists and beta-bucks will come sniffing around. Make them afraid.”

President Reagan. In a haiku:

California pride,
grandeur, rushing time, Hinckley.
Bye, California

Restraint. The degree of bystanders’ reluctance to beat a subdued jihad-driver to death is a measure of the tyranny under which they live.

Scarcity. One discovers new frontiers in Boomer-Hate after two hours in Urgent Care with a child in acute distress, listening to the doctor in the adjoining exam room attending to an old, fat woman fussing about her imaginary chest pains.

Time. A high school summer lasted forever. The twenties were an endless arc across the sky. Thirties came and went, the gas pedal pressed down on the forties. I’m told that fifties feel even shorter.

This Land Is Your Land… Driving through Southern countryside, hunters’ trucks parked at the edge of the woods and little homes every now and then. “What would you think about living here?” “We’d be miserable here. If you move, you want it to be where our roots are, or to a place where nobody has any roots.”

Unexpected. I fixed a cold look on a comely, alabaster-skinned woman in a head scarf and her husband. This I didn’t see coming: she smiled at me with the warmth of a woman in love.

What’s on your mind? I like walking, so I walked five miles to meet a friend at a pub. This was at the height of last summer. Things were heavy after Charlottesville and there was an eclipse coming. At first, the heavy clouds to my south looked like they will pass me, but they were getting closer and blacker, taking on the greenish tinge one sees before a tornado. I walked in just as the downpour hit.

My friend arrived by car at the same time, as planned. We sat at a table by the window, with the thunderous pounding of the rain drowning out the conversation. He was in as somber a mood as I was that day. Our waitress stopped for a bit of small talk and shuddered, looking through the window. If anyone had asked me what’s on my mind, I’d have thought about if briefly and said: ___

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Here is Part 7 with its own loosely unifying theme.

“He is everywhere”

Thoughts from Anonymous Conservative on the miracle at the Battle of Long Island, which allowed George Washington’s forces to avoid annihilation:

My own suspicion is God enters the world to offer his support most in our worst moments, when everything is at risk of falling down. You don’t see such accounts of God’s interventions in the Roaring Twenties, or the Dot-com boom. He wasn’t seen much on such a grand scale in the fifties, just as the eighties were not filled with such accounts of being rescued from doom by divine providence. But when the smoke is in the air and blood is spraying, or just dark moments are about that seem unable to be resolved any other way, the curtain can be lifted, and people will see behind it.

He’s talking about things I’ve seen as well.

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Happy Christmas (inspired by J. Lennon)

Here’s my humble rewrite of John Lennon’s classic. “Rotherham,” as at some point I learned, is pronounced as a two-syllable ROTH’rm. Play the original record and sing along:

Happy Christmas, Sweden
Happy Christmas, Germany

So this is Christmas
In Nice and Cologne
An aching hangover
Dispossessed of our home

And so this is Christmas
In King Herod’s land
While Merkel sows evil
Mary cradles her Son

Refrain:
A very merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let’s make it a good one
With lampposts and rope

And so this is Christmas
– snow is falling [backing chorus, with each verse onward]
Manchester and Rome
– Europe’s calling
Barcelona and Oslo
– Reconquista
The world is so wrong
– nah, ah, ah, now

And so happy Christmas
Are we ready to fight
For Dublin and Rotherham
In Stockholm tonight

A very merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let’s make it a good one
With lampposts and rope

Praise God this Christmas
Helsinki, Lisbon
Berlin, and in Athens
New morning has begun

And so happy Christmas
I send you my love
Hold on to your dearest
May God rest John’s soul

A very merry Christmas
And a happy new year
Let’s make it a good one
With lampposts and rope

Snow is falling, Europe’s calling
Reconquista
na-ah, ah, now
Happy Christmas!

Kinesics Is Real

Europeans are from Mars. Whites at a rock concert spontaneously nod their heads and pump their fists like warriors to cadence. Africans are differently wired. When they pick up a beat, things get pelvic. Physiognomy reveals character, as do patterns of innate bodily motion and gesture when scaled up to define a population. Kinesics reveal the neurological substrate — the material expression of the spirit itself — of every subspecies:

Europeans

The Roman salute has its origins in security protocols, the display of a weaponless hand when a superior is approached. It evolved into an affirmation of esprit de corps. In European military tradition, the general will return the private’s salute, a transcendance of mammalian law that all but the apex males be slaves or outcasts.

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The straight-arm salute feels ennobling to us because it expresses our nature. Feet on solid ground, eyes on the beyond.

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There is no need to be distracted by Germany’s ill-fated run at imperialism. Here are American schoolchildren making the Bellamy Salute in the 1940s:

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East Asians

Looking inward for strength:

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Arabs

Submission:

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South Asians

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Africans

Matrilocal, in more ways than one:

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Value-Extractors

On their happy day:

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A Simple Poem

But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. — Matthew 5:37

I put Zbigniew Herbert’s (1924 – 1998) original “Kołatka” (Knocker) line-by-line with my English translation for ease of following along with the music. Unlike Przemysław Gintrowski’s musical interpretation of various poets’ usually grim subjects, this one is bright like a sunrise:

Są tacy, którzy w głowie
   There are those who in their heads
hodują ogrody
   cultivate gardens
a włosy ich są ścieżkami
   their hair is paths that lead
do miast słonecznych i białych
   to white sunlit cities

łatwo im pisać
   they write with ease
zamykają oczy
   they close their eyes
a już z czoła spływają
   and from their foreheads flow
ławice obrazów
   shoals of images

moja wyobraźnia
   my imagination
to kawałek deski
   it’s a piece of a board
a za cały instrument
   and for an instrument
mam drewniany patyk
   I have a wooden stick

uderzam w deskę
   I strike the board
a ona mi odpowiada
   and it replies
tak – tak
   yes – yes
nie – nie
   no – no

innym zielony dzwon drzewa
    for others the green ringing of trees
niebieski dzwon wody
   the blue ringing of water
ja mam kołatkę
   I have a knocker
od niestrzeżonych ogrodów
   from unguarded gardens

uderzam w deskę
   I strike the board
a ona podpowiada
   and it replies
suchy poemat moralisty
   the moralist’s dry poem
tak – tak
   yes – yes
nie – nie
   no – no

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