Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Postethnic Sales Pitch: Que Viva el Hybrid

I know it's entirely esoteric (and beyond that lazy), but I wanted to write a piece without writing the piece. So instead I assembled all of the parts. I'll let you fill in the blanks...

PART 1:

"A moment's consideration of this case shows what a really great advance in the theory and practise of breeding has been obtained through the discovery of Mendel's law... Then we had no explanation to offer for such occurrences other than the 'instability of color characters under domestication,' the 'effects of inbreeding,' 'maternal impressions.' Serious consideration would have been given to the proximity of cages containing both black and cinnamon-agouti mice. Now we have a simple, rational explanation, which anyone can put to the test. We are able to predict the production of new varieties, and to produce them. We must not, of course, in our exuberance, conclude that the powers of the hybridizer know no limits."

–William Ernest Castle, "New Colour Variety of the Guinea Pig"

PART 2:

“I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean, the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passions by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object”

–Roland Barthes


PART 3:
“I don't care whether you're driving a hybrid or an SUV. If you're headed for a cliff, you have to change direction."

–Barack Obama




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