a former roomate’s father once asked me if i was worried about becoming too smart and therefore, miserable. it’s a slippery slope, really. as i was reading this, i saw a cat in the subway rocking a full camo outfit. it could’ve been his own, first issue, but probably-not. so i was thinking about the fibre memory and the bodies that might have been on that, the blood that may have splashed it, but why stop at soldier’s clothes? why not consider the entire vintage industry-where do the clothes come from? what about the fabrics and fibres and sweatshops and machinery and dyes? (sigh). then there’s muscle memory and the similarities between humans, animals, and plants. it takes a lot to fluster me, but the descriptions of plant sex actually made me blush-for reals.
“To their mutual surprise, the plant came to life, the pen recorder oscillating wildly on the chart. This led to speculation that talking of sex could stir up in the atmosphere some sort of sexual energy such as the ‘orgone’ discovered and described by Dr. Wilhelm Reich, and that the ancient fertility rites in which humans had sexual intercourse in freshly seeded fields might indeed have stimulated plants to grow.” (29)
“The peanut butter which Carver went to such pains to produce is now mostly being made from rancid peanuts, says Nichols, since the food chemists have learned to clean it up, deodorize it and decolor it so that it can be sold to unsuspecting mothers. By one means or another and with hundreds of toxic additives to choose from, chemists can fix food that is very difficult for the citizen to tell that the food is going or has already gone bad.” (250)
“But there is still hope if we get back on track, says Nichols, if we begin to cleanse the poisons from every link of the food chain, so as to restore the country to proper nutrition and avoid the long decline that blighted North America and the Near East. To do so, and save the nation from metabolic disaster, says Nichols, we must change from an economy of exploitation to one of conservation. In the long run the country must give up chemical fertilizers and gradually revive the soil organically. Organic fertilizer, and at no greater cost. Deposits of raw rock phosphate and potash with marine trace minerals and other deposits are readily available.
A great advantage of organic rock fertilizers is that after a few years of application they are no longer needed. Whereas the chemical farmer is obliged to put on more and more fertilizer each year, the organic farmer can put on less and less. Eventually the organic farmer will make more money, as it will cost him less to operate.” (256)
and this brings us back to work-tomorrow.