[IVAN THE TERRIBLE, PART II: THE BOYARS’ PLOT (1958)]
It gets many people in trouble.
In Stalinist Amerika.
We don’t know what list we’re on.
We don’t know when our identity has been appropriated.
No man can be prepared for such a state of techno-terror.
And so we clap together our stones of flint.
We eat what we have caught.
We waste nothing.
Because we have offended the great dictator.
14 years in the desert ye must wander.
40? No, fourteen.
This was The Empire Strikes Back.
There would be no Return of the Jedi.
[and certainly none of the other rubbish]
THis was when intercutting between BW and color was bleeding edge.
And only in the hands of Eisenstein did it work.
This was a voice crying out in the wilderness.
Eisenstein the prophet, predicting.
But a voice as cryptic as Shostakovich.
We might see the propagandists with their unenforceable contracts give the game away in little breadcrumb details.
To let us know that certain “realities” have been faked.
For our benefit.
And it was ever the same.
That Stalin needed a role to play.
That of Ivan IV.
But what he saw in the mirror displeased him.
And so he smashed that mirror.
Seven years of oprichniki.
Gentlemen do not read each other’s mail.
Houellebecq. Perec. Borges.
Finally we get Lithuania.
And Mikhail Zharov with his Elvis eye.
Wasn’t nothing but a hound dog.
An absolutely devastating chess move.
And now the Poles in NATO.
Always a new wrinkle of literary ingenuity.
Disruptive innovation, gentlemen.
Cheap cheap cheap (funding) ECLIPSE.
<laurels Laurel (MD) laurels CHECK MATE>
I would really like to help you out, but I fear I’m too dumb to do that.
I’m certainly too old.
Because cost accounting must be strictly observed.
And local efficiencies must trump complete conception.
It takes many losses to understand the causal mechanism.
The unclaimed coins will indicate our casualties.
And so we finally see that, historically, the CIA has been a crystallization of class warfare.
Operatives, analysts, technicians…were not the dogs of the upper crust.
They were not slaves.
But perhaps now there is a difference.
Not all Harvard grads are created equally.
Epic breaking of the fourth wall.
Identify, friend or foe?
I’m an American.
I like our military.
I respect them.
I like our intelligence professionals.
I look up to them.
I loathe whomever is pulling the really nasty levers.
Whomever is giving the orders.
It’s only natural to look to the top.
And over their shoulders.
Beware of the researchers.
Brothers, do not kill your own.
Sisters, we might not have your erudition and immaculate logic.
Our rhetoric may be daft.
But do not reject us.