It is in the ongoing death flow 1:57 PM Monday afternoon here in southwest Michigan. It is another cold dark gray dismal day. No where to hide from the glare of the Machine.
I volunteered at the local library used bookstore today from 10 AM till 1 PM. When I got home I called my wife who is out West. After I talked to my wife on the phone I ate lunch and wrote in my paper diary. Now I am writing in my online diaries. Existence keeps rotting.
The Book Nook was normal. When not helping people I read from a novel titled. 'The Future Won't Be Long'. I brought home one used book from the Book Nook to ADD to our library, 'James Joyce' Penguin Lives by Edna O'Brien.
Last night I watched some professional football and read late into the night from a book titled, 'The William H. Gass Reader'. I got up this morning around 7 o'clock AM. I got up made myself oatmeal for breakfast. I messed with our main computer and then wrote in my paper diary. I read for morning devotions 'John 1-12' New Testament IV Reformation Commentary on Scripture.
So here I sit waiting for the end. Not much else to report so I will close to drift.
- Music:Graveyard 'Peace'
Reflections on the novel 'The Future Won't Be Long' by Jarett Kobek
I first heard about this novel from a Booktuber back in February 2018 Mark Nash. In Nash's video he mentioned he had read a novel by Kobek titled 'I Hate the Internet'. I have not read 'I Hate the Internet' but do know that characters in this novel reappear in 'The Future Won't Be Long'. From what I have read on the internet about this novel 'The Future Won't Be Long' was written before Kobek wrote 'I Hate The Internet'. It seems when Kobek's novel 'I Hate the Internet' became popular he decided to publish 'The Future Won't Be Long' cash in while the money is good. One sees writers publishing earlier material after one of their books gets popular.
What I want to focus on is how Kobek paints the world in his novel 'The Future Won't Be Long'. The novel was first described to me as setting forth the New York City Club scene in the 1980's. I have an interest in the history of New York City, that is one of the reasons I decided to read the novel.
As I got into this novel I noticed right away it was focused on gay sex, drugs, and night life in clubs/where anything goes/totally decadent life style. At first in reading this novel I thought the writer Kobek was just describing the decadent life of pimps, whores, drag queens, homosexuals, homeless people, drug addicts just to show his readers his approval of this world. But the more I got into this novel I became to see Kobek was seeking to show us the readers that the world has become totally rotten. I think Kobek sees himself as a nihilist/there is a line in the novel on page 210 that I see as a key that opens the meaning of/purpose of this novel "As if there'd been a unspoken group decision that the future could be confronted only through a descent into the banality of petite nihilism. I was far more comfortable with grandiose nihilism. After all, I knew Micharl Alig" pg. 210
The basic meaning of Nihilism is "general rejection of usual beliefs in morality, religion etc. . .
In the novel 'The Future Won't Be Long' Kobek sets forth a world/lives where nihilism is embrace. That is why the characters in this novel live inside computers/flee any kind of normal relationships/take drugs become drug addicts/live in the cesspool of life/there is nothing to live for but the moment. And it is better live each moment stoned out of your mind or just fleeing one person for another person/lover/machine or fleeing from one place to another place/no place is home/in Kobek's world all families are dysfunctional. The novel opens with this sentence "I moved to New York not long after my mother killed my father, or was it my father who murdered my mother? Anyhoo, in a red haze of blood and broken bone, one did in the other" pg. 1
The novel has many scenes of decadence (moral or culture deterioration/decadent behavior; a state of decadence). I could read from the novel many scenes of utter decadence but I will chose just one description that to me sets forth Kobek's view of America/Reality as a nihilist pages 246-248
Today I read some more of the novel 'The Future Won't Be Long' and came across this sentence " Most reviewers situated Trapped within a trend of new literary works encompassing the outward aesthetics of genre fiction. Comparisons included Robert Coover, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo. A sizable minority rejected this review, believing it closer to the nihilit of Bret Easton Ellis. . ." pg. 263
My impression in reading 'The Future Won't Be Long' is that the writer is just shoving our face into filth and laughing all the way to the bank. I think Kobek sees his novel to be a display of pure nihilism/these are the last pages I read today from this novel page 272-274
After I wrote my reflections on the novel 'The Future Won't Be Long' by Jarett Kobek I went to Google search and typed in Jarett Kobek Nihilism and came across this review of Kobek's novel 'I Hate the Internet' in Amazon-
This is a book whose author calls out modern social media innovators, corporations, and techies; it deposes the sanctity of the internet using irony, blasphemy, irreverence, and obtuse language. Indeed, author Kobek lays biting waste to the affectedness of “it” people, modern day PR, and social media sites like Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook.
The book was filled with at times incoherent and too lengthy rants and, yet, inside the narratives of pretty much unrelatable characters, whom I struggled to like, I felt a sense of their existential despair that roto rooters far deeper than the common refrain of “What’s it all about, Alfie?”
The book opened up a stream of thought that maybe we lay people are being made fools of by the likes of the media Gods. He is a tell all author with no remorse!
After reading the book, I now look at the internet and social media with a more skeptical eye! I now question is the ‘everywhereness’ of God, which is one person's version of the internet, is actually ruinous, nihilistic, and insidiously destructive. Indeed for author Kobek, nothing is sacrosanct! most sacred
His is a book that serves up caustic derisiveness of the impact of social media along with a big dose of existential despair that maybe nothing really does matter after all!
Reflections on the novel 'The Future Won't Be Long' by Jarett Kobek
'From Dawn To Decadence 1500 To The Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life' by Jacques Barzun
" This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness" 2 Peter 3:1-11
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