When I saw Wade Davis make a presentation in Toronto December 2017 called "Intangible Cultural Heritage" he allowed a Q and A. His presentation was a "best of" all his research and travel and writing. When a person asked the following question "What do you think is going on in the USA with all the politics and drama?" I wa pissed I don't want to hear about the USA politics especially being in Canada and hearing such a terrific presentation about world cultures. But Wade Dais said, "Thats a good question." He was so generous and thoughtful. He said, "As an anthropologist, I think what we are seeing in the United States is....that an Empire gets 100 years."
Ah, what a fantastic perspective and one I would agree with as the end of a cultural era is often marked by decadence and turmoil both politically and culturally. I believe one of the reasons we have such popular cultural artifacts centered on British mythology and society is because in the USA unconsciously nd consciously....the appeal of seeing a society survive a collapse and transformation from Empire...to something else is reassuring. Ultimately, we know through these arcs of decay, collapse, turmoil the UK survived it's transformation. One of the major exports of Britain is the storyline and artifacts of the anarchy. And with the USA it's major export is also cultural though Hollywood and visual narratives found on tv and Netflix. If Britain can transform from an Empire....so can the USA.
I’m watching the 55 episode tv series BUDDHA. It’s epic and the sets, wardrobe and make up are outstanding. I love the whole thing. Betrayal, polygamy, jealousy. I’m collating while I watch cutting up security envelopes to make paintings and postcards.
I'm still working on posting pics here. I am going through a bunch of stuff that I want to write about onshore in pics here....and these are hotel in ALBQ I fell in love with...so beautiful. The lobby had "cabana" almost as sitting areas. The restaurant was so good....this is a really amazing place.