r.i.p. western civ

It’s not every day that you read in an e-newsletter: “The big news is that I am responsible for the downfall of Western civilization.”  During grad school I took a writing workshop with Wendy Belcher (author of the very helpful writing your journal article in 12 weeks, which has never quite happened…but a helpful text nonetheless) who now teaches at Princeton.  She’s teaching a course on memoirs written by models, which is why she’s evidently responsible for the downfall of Western civ.  Funny article on the course here; my favorite part of the article is the reference to the classic Breakin II, Electric Boogaloo, which itself may be really responsible for the downfall of Western civilization…a stirring example of socioeconomic AND* racial conflict, all to be remedied by that epic line: turn on the music!  (Special thanks to Philotheos Leung for broadening my cultural horizons to all things painful and neon.)

*In contrast to most 80s films, which tend to focus on class conflict…mainly because they have lots of White actors who need a compelling reason for true love not to prevail (temporarily).  Kickboxing, it’s the sport of the future.

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