Nothing To Do, But Think To You: Ordinary Thinking Is Criminal In Extraordinary Times


On Silly Current Events: Breaking the bridge, honoring the ordinary…

A French woman named Annie Ernaux got the Nobel in literature, the 16th French writer to be honored that way. Meanwhile the Putin bridge between Putin occupied Crimea and the North Caucasus was partly destroyed by the Ukrainians. 

Ernaux wrote autobiographical books.  “Shame” is a memoir by Annie Ernaux beginning in 1952, when Ms. Ernaux was 12 years old, growing up above her parents’ cafe in Normandy. “My father tried to kill my mother one Sunday in June, in the early afternoon,” we learn in Ms. Ernaux’s first sentence. The mom got threatened with a scythe. Weapons are best, when trying to kill people. Except I don’t really believe her father really tried to kill her mother. Tried to scare her, and injure her, at least psychologically, yes. Real murder attempt? No, not really. Yes, I didn’t read the book, I have better things to read than the nobelizable French novelists, qui se prennent la tête, comme on dit, in their degenerated Franco-French frankly decaying two cents psychology.. 

Killing, of course, is a major activity, which writes not just history, but reality. So it’s quite important to think about it, and I don’t want to demean killing at all, and I thank Vlad the Mad for reminding us all of this.. 

It is of course crucial to analyze why people want to kill people. Analyzing why Putin wants to kill Ukraine and grab its warm corpse is capital. 

However, few French people kill French people, outside of war. So Ernaux’s little fable about her horrendous childhood at the hands of he rbig bad dad is unlikely as an event really charged with meaning. She made it up… As she made up many facts about Israel and Palestine… (See below.)

When did the French kill a lot of French? World War Two! First collaborators killed many, dozens of thousands of French people, in the name of Nazism. Then, in 1940-1945, many French people were killed by other French people (several dozen of thousands collaborators of the Nazis were executed in 1944-45). I would even say, rightly so.

Now some anarchists and nihilists would argue that one should not forget the millions of French people who died on the battlefield in 1914-1945… ordered there by the state. Well, yes and no: civilization was under attack by fascism, and if people in the French Republic had not fought back, they would have been killed anyway. The example is French Indochina: the Japanese forces (supposedly liberating according to Japanese propaganda) killed two million there. Similarly in Ukraine Stalin killed up to six million defenseless civilians in the 1930s, just because he didn’t like Ukrainian peasants… The Nazis did pretty much the same in occupied Poland, kill millions of civilians.   

In normal times normal French people do not try to kill normal French people and very few succeed to do so…. outside of Ms Annie Ernaux’s ravaged and ravaging mind… Autofiction is an autoimmune disease of French litterature… I have a problem with a book the main theme of which is that.

It is the momentary, violent aberration — the brief glimpse of a scythe in the hand of the father, her mother’s sobs — and not years of ordinariness that leaves its mark, and Ernaux ponders for years afterward. Yes, indeed, events mark. And yes, indeed, it was not really the attempted killing but the shame it left behind. And yes, because she is so ordinary, Ernaux received a scar for life from something that she interpreted as an attempt on her mother’s life… And probably was not. At least, so she claims.

But is all that important, and not just much ado about nothing? Ernauz smells bad as a honest thinker. She glorifies in writing at age 22:”Je vengerais ma race!” . (I will avenge my race!) So she glorifies in that emotion, but never explains what she was after. But then she starts hating for real: same emotion, same love and admiration for that emotion… “I will avenge my race!” is, of course, Hitler’s fundamental emotion, what brought motion out of Hitler (since Hitler didn’t really know where he came from, his maternal grandfather being potentially a Jewish homeowner, Hitler had to make up a race for himself… Apparently what ms Ernaux also does… Tout pour faire un monde, tout pour plaire au monde…) 

Let me be very clear: through countless actions, Ernaux seems to hate Jews and Israelis. There is the race thing in common with Hitler. Worthy of a Nobel?

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In my early life, major events, strong experiences were rather routine. Beautiful landscapes, unique settings, just in my first six years… “Auto-bateau” (Auto-Ship) to designate African ferries. 

I found myself, or my loved ones in life threatening situations, playing with yellow scorpions in the Sahara, while two years old, always in the Sahara nearly dying of heat stroke (having been left in a car), and then in a plane which caught fire in the African sky (just on one side; emergency landing). Later my sister nearly died of pneumonia, she was put under oxygen. And in Ivory Coast sudden towering waves scared me. OK, that was just in the first five years.

However, throughout I knew only love as a child, and everybody loved everybody. Even the natives in the desert were very friendly, and had deep positive multi-year relations with some, including an Algerian named Belaid. One complete unknown saved my mom and me from his big camel in the middle of the desert, by providing us with directions and water.

Now the same area of central Sahara is ravaged by rabid Islamists (they may even have good reasons to be rabid!)   

Why one would give the Nobel for such fiction or then such familial sociopathy, is not a mystery: “higher” French intellectual circles have long been fascinated by deviancy and madness: they believe only that way can one reach new understanding. Outrageous and actually criminal pedophile authors were feted by presidents, billionaire plutocrats cutting down the primordial African forest got special government financial rescues, from presidents, socialist or liberal, because  they wrote…

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Not that sulfurous life shall be condemned. Just the opposite. Louis Ferdinand Auguste Destouches, better known by the pen name Louis-Ferdinand Céline was a MD who loved the Nazis because they hated the Jews, and also because Nazis had a strong anarchist drift… It amused him. Céline is most famous, and one must admit he had an eventful life, and knew how to write originally. Combat against, then wounded by German fascism at an early age “made him hate anything bellicose” (so he wrote… not really true). Then Céline experienced colonial Africa in Cameroon… Not the best place for calm and tranquility, even by African standards… Céline was condemned for collaboration with the Nazis… then that was rescinded, because of his wounded veteran status. 

Many other famous French authors were deranged: Foucault was hunting down a lover with a knife, througout Paris as a young man from prestigious Ulm… later he was to become an exemplary humanist, posing just in the right way. But then others were remarkable and ended tortured and assassinated by the Nazis… In general, the Nazis targeted for extermination intellectuals of the real sort. In particular French and Polish intellectuals, and many Nazis got way with it

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Ernaux is the pioneer of France’s “autofiction” genre, which gives narrative form to real-life experience…. Generally it has to do with torrid sex. Hence the admiration of the French intellectual class, in its declining degeneracy, for rapists. The most famous French talking head, PPDA, was a notorious rapist. Finally pursued after his retirement, he got away with the crimes being too old for prosecution. However, the French Supreme Court just realized this was not quite right. The point is, the rapist was admired, projecting his raping values, for the entire French society to admire… and thus emulate… 

Statutes of limitation, not prosecuting if the alleged criminal acts are too old, should not apply to  mentalities. The state should prosecute in famous cases. 

Many people have written to me about “the Nazis in Ukraine, led by chief Nazi Z”. When one asks those people where they get their data from it turns out its is from paid Kremlin propagandists… many of them are youngish women… Eva Bartlett is an example. She writes pieces for Putin tyranny-controlled RT’s website. She should be arrested, tried as a nuclear fascist agent. Such Nuclear Nazi agents should be disconnected to protect naive imbeciles full of resentment, lovers of war crimes, to be sabotaging the moral effort! 

Typical of the vulgar, who are addicted and incapable of anything but decontextualized thinking, Annie Ernaux embraces the simplistic approach to Israel. In 2018, she signed a letter alongside about 80 other posers expressing outrage at the holding of the Israel France cross-cultural season by the Israeli and French governments. The letter claimed that the season helped to “whitewash” the image of the State of Israel.

“It is a moral obligation for any person of conscience to refuse the normalization of relations with the State of Israel,” read the letter.

She called for the release of Georges Abdallah, who co-founded the Lebanese Revolutionary Armed Factions in 1980 and was sentenced to life in prison for the 1982 assassinations of US military attaché Lt.-Col. Charles R. Ray and Israeli diplomat Yaakov Bar-Simantov. She describes Ray and Bar-Simantov as “active Mossad and CIA agents” and Abdallah as “committed to the Palestinian people and against colonization.”

 

Ernaux called Israel an “apartheid state“, while ignoring Palestinian violence

In 2021 Ernaux signed a letter titled “A letter against apartheid” which listed attacks on Arabs and Palestinians and Israeli strikes on Gaza, without mentioning any of the riots led by some Israeli Arabs or the over 4,000 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel in the preceding days.

 

To frame this as a war between two equal sides is false and misleading. Israel is the colonizing power. Palestine is colonized. This is not a conflict: this is apartheid,” read the letter Ernaux signed. Like shopping and sex, ordinary thinking can’t rise to extraordinary circumstances. The fact is, the legal ancestor of today’s legal system, Rome, unlawfully threw the Jews out of Israel. Yes, that was a while ago, so it requires subtle thinking and open communications. By comparison, the Czar conned the Ukraininas in 1654 CE, and then a century later, conquered the remaining free part of Ukraine. Ukraine then endured abuse such as the interdiction of Ukrainian language, culture and self rule…

 

So what does Ernaux write about? Ordinariness…Autofiction…

Ordinariness, however well described, is still ordinary. Sex and shopping go only that far. 

Autofiction is no automobile.It’s Putin, master of the art.

 

Instead of more ordinariness, autofiction, sex and shopping, what we need are people writing about civilization, its topmost values and how to defend them.

 

These are the most extraordinary times: a sixth mass extinction, humanity colonizing space! Extraordinary opportunities, extraordinary dangers. Yes, we need to understand ourselves better, and surely Ms. Ernaux helps that way. It was known, before the 2022 Nobel got given, that it would be given to a French writer. The Swedish Nobel Commitee had decided we needed a whiff of French je ne sais quoi. Parisians desperately want to achieve some sort of mental superiority, so maybe they get it trying so hard in their beautiful, yet somewhat hellish city: nothing to do, but think to you. And yes, there are no cosmic French thinkers these days (except perhaps one), so Ernaux is as good as it gets…

But that last point is an admission of cosmic failure.

Wake up, noble clowns! 

Patrice Ayme

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P/S: The Peace Prize was attributed to an Ukrainian organization (very good), but also to a Bielorussian (in prison) and “Memorial” a Russian organization banned by Putin. Some high political authorities in Ukraine didn’t agree with rewarding anyone Russian, and there is indeed a propaganda risk 

 

Putin’s Crimea invasion bridge broken by social nationalist freedom loving Ukrainians, 10/8/2022…

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