speaking of gay

A recently constructed section of the controversial US-Mexico border fence expansion project crosses previously pristine desert sands at sunrise on March 14, 2009 between Yuma, Arizona and Calexico, California. The new barrier between the US and Mexico stands 15 feet tall and sits on top of the sand so it can lifted by a machine and repositioned whenever the migrating desert dunes begin to bury it. The almost seven miles of floating fence cost about $6 million per mile to build. (David McNew/Getty Images) #

2 responses to “speaking of gay

  1. http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/98aug/amfuture.htm

    “Travels into America’s Future,” by Robert D Kaplan (1998)

    He refers to DH Lawrence calling the US (aka “America”) a homeland “of the pocket. not of the blood,” but I’ve actually found that from a Richard Henry Dana, Jr, in his book Two Years Before the Mast:

    If you are a child of Mother Earth, you must learn to discard your ideal self, in season, as you discard your clothes at night.

    Americans have never loved the soil of America as Europeans have loved the soil of Europe. America has never been a blood-home-land. Only an ideal-home-land. The home-land of the idea. Of the spirit. And of the pocket. Not of the blood.

    That has yet to come, when the idea and the spirit have collapsed from their false tyranny.

    If this is what he had in mind, and not some similar DH Lawrence theory, Kaplan seems to have changed his analysis of Europe, 11 years on.


    “The Fall of the Wall,” November 2009. Tagline: “We may have gained victory in the Cold War, but lost Europe to apathy and decadence in the process.”

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