Our journey through the community that is the Rhizome blog wouldn’t be complete without talking to the blogger Dwight Towers. We’ve interacted with his blog, and he with ours for almost as long as we’ve been around. Here’s a brief interview:
It’s obvious from your blog that you’re an avid reader. So…
your favourite dystopian read and why?
So many!! Brave New World was extremely challenging. Whose side are you on? Mond’s or the “Savage”. That said, I’ve not read BNW for 20 years…
favourite utopian read and why?
Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossessed – showed me how and why no utopia is without the egos and status games, no matter how ‘egalitarian’ it is.
single most life-changing read?
Gah!! Probably World Orders, Old and New by Noam Chomsky. The pieces of
the puzzle started to be re-arranged into a logical pattern…
Your blog’s full of neologisms. What’s your all time favourite?
Smugosphere!! Because it is so easily understood, and enrages people who
police the borders of the smugosphere.
It’s also obvious that you attend a lot of meetings, events, workshops etc, and equally obvious you find many of them painful and enraging. What’s the worst of a very bad lot and why?
I’d say the October 2006 Climate Camp meeting that was facipulated to get ‘consensus’ on having another camp in 2007, without any discussion of the dangers in going down that path. That said, I should be grateful, because it helped me start the necessary process of disengagement and disentanglement, so I ended up being a lot less cooked by the climate camp bonfire than other people
It can’t all be bad (can it?). What’s your most uplifting meeting moment (walking out the door doesn’t count)?
When people decide that it matters to talk to strangers, and they start finding common ground
Here’s one I like to call “Desert island dicks”. Who are the people – real or archetypes – we should strand on a desert island and not save from the waves?
The pseudo-anarchists who proclaim themselves as great critics of power (state and corporate) but fawn over charlatans who know how to stroke their egos, and then start a lynch-mob against anyone who demurs to adore the charlatan. They can FUCK. RIGHT. OFF.
One blog, other than your own and our own, that Rhizome readers should visit?
- Dave Pollard’s How to Save the World. I don’t always agree of course, but he’s asking a lot of the right questions, and coming up with some damn good answers.
- Glasgow Sex Worker (now defunct?), on feminism, patriarchy, puritans etc.
The motto you live you life by in 140 characters….
Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke. It’s later than you think, and remember that the last laugh is on you…