Empty Days

Thursday, July 08, 2004



Prior history.

In a 1996 article ("For the Greater Good"), People magazine attempts to buttress the bourgeois order in America in answering the question, how could Ted Kaczynski have turned out so bad, given his early brilliance and social advantages, when David Kaczynski turned out so well (so well, in fact, that he felt it is social duty to turn in his own brother)? In answering this query, we discover that young Ted was a loner, playing in his high school band even though "there was a missing quality to his music", loving mathematics more than girls; in contrast, the young David was outgoing, played baseball and basketball, and married his high school sweetheart. The coup de grace came when Ted couldn't be bothered to attend his estranged father's funeral (he committed suicide in 1990), just as Camus's outsider couldn't find the emotion to cry at his mother's funeral. There is a certain defensive hypocrisy in such popular journalism.
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That's helpful to know. Though this Camus "reference" is really unnecessary. What would be interesting though is to have access to Unabomber's journals/diaries. Apparently his papers were supposed to be either donated to the University of Michigan for public persual, or be auctioned by the authorities - all this was still being debated in this january 2004. I wonder what the courts decided. The feds, of course, wanted to dump the papers in the garbage - very dangerous papers those must be. Ideas are always dangerous, kids, even more so than bombs and victims.





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