So, I'm home, working on my thesis . . . again. With the death of my father in late April, completion was postponed, but I'm almost done with some rewriting and editing. My thesis is on the diary of Marcus Bruce Christian, a self-trained African-American historian, poet, and writer who was born in 1900 in what is now Houma, Louisiana. When he was 17, he moved to New Orleans. Eventually he ran the "Black unit" of the Louisiana Writers' Project at Dillard University, part of the Federal Writers' Project of the late 1930s and early 1940s.
You can't really study Marcus Christian without also studying race, identity issues, the effects of oppressive hegemony, and resistance, which means you also read a lot of postmodernist theory. So, when I heard this song "Nothing I Would Rather Be" from part of the Australian musical Bran Nue Dae," I had to stop and laugh.Here are the lyrics:
"There's nothing I would rather beThe scene in the video above is fun, too. Great satire. My daughter was watching it, and although I tried, I could not ignore it. And now she's moved on to Asian films. Maybe I can get some work done since I won't understand the language in those dramas.
than to be an Aborigine
and watch you take my precious land away.
For nothing gives me greater joy
than to watch you fill each girl and boy
with superficial, existential sh|t.
Now you may think I'm cheeky
But I'd be satisfied
to rebuild your convict ships
and sail them on the tide.
I love the way you give me God
and of course the mining board,
for this of course I thank the Lord each day.
I'm glad you say that land rights wrong.
Then you should go where you belong
and leave me to just keep on keeping on."