My Cocaine Museum by Michael Taussig

By Michael Taussig

During this e-book, a make-believe cocaine museum turns into a vantage aspect from which to evaluate the lives of Afro-Colombian gold miners drawn into the harmful international of cocaine creation within the rain wooded area of Colombia's Pacific Coast. even if modeled at the recognized Gold Museum in Colombia's valuable financial institution, the Banco de l. a. República, Taussig's museum is additionally a parody geared toward the museum's failure to recognize the African slaves who mined the country's wealth for nearly 400 years.

Combining typical historical past with political heritage in a filmic, montage kind, Taussig deploys the show-and-tell modality of a museum to have interaction with the internal lifetime of warmth, rain, stone, and swamp, at the least with the lifetime of gold and cocaine.

This attempt to discover a poetry of phrases turning into issues is delivered to a head by way of the explosive traits of these chic fetishes of evil attractiveness, gold and cocaine. At its center, Taussig's museum is ready the entice of forbidden issues, charged elements that transgress ethical codes, the differences we use to make feel of the area, and primarily the traditional method we write tales.

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Is it what melts the impressions he receives, running one into the other— that drifting of consciousness, of which he speaks, that dozing and waking? Is it that mess of slick sweat that is the story the book tells, that is no story at all but a hazy morass of disbelief that no story could encompass? Like drugs, the story comes later, for it is only when Herr is called upon to write a Hollywood film 11. Herr, Dispatches, pp. 226, 54. 36 script adapting Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness to Vietnam, that heat is used to fuel narrative effect, no less desperately sought by Hollywood than its need for cocaine.

Go find it! ” as small-statured Colombians draw back in horror at the baggage carousel when their clear plasticwrapped oversize suitcases come lumbering into sight and smell—plasticwrapped in Colombia by special businesses that come to your home the day before the flight to seal your baggage against a little slippage. A real American decides enuf is enuf. The dog has gotten out of control, he decides, and he tells its handler to back off as the dog jumps up and down slobbering on his chest. “You have your constitutional rights,” says the handler.

The river had been raging and Leopoldo tried to cross it in a canoe and tipped over with his boots on and was dragged down. As an afterthought to such fatalism, Lilia once remarked that when all of a sudden people make a lot of money, they go crazy. I don’t think she meant this to displace what Gustavo or Eustaquia—or herself, for that matter—had told me. Not at all. It was more like a commonsense observation and a layer, if you like to put it that way, a layer you put on top of all those strange and sinister ideas about gold.

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