Underwhelming

first_imgI want to bottle-fuck you slowly with my sunglasses on. Well, there’s something to try out next time you’re in Filth. Yum. These are words spoken by Eric Packer, the central figure in Don DeLillo’s new novel, Cosmopolis (Picador, £16.99), to one of his many women. The moral throughout the book is the corrupting power of capital: DeLillo creates a Capitalist nightmare/ dream in which he places a man utterly devoid of human sensation. His only forays into feeling consist of bestial urges, eating and screwing. And abusing drink receptacles too, apparently. Ultimately, the super-rich, superbright twenty-something dot com entrepreneur discovers that his only hope of escape from a dampened existence is in his own destruction at the hands of a rambling former-employee. DeLillo has been internationally lauded and won many awards for critically acclaimed best-sellers like Americana and more lately, Underworld. I haven’t read either. If I were to judge this author by this book, I wouldn’t bother. It’s never nice admitting publicly that you aren’t impressed by a book, especially one that seems to promise so much. Reading it, you can’t help but feel that it’s a bit of a cop-out – the half-fulfilment of an idea that could be fascinating, were it not something we are already aware of and familiar with. His prose is blunt with its own poetic concision, but is never quite as punchy as he might have hoped. There are brilliantly executed moments in the novel. For example, some of the most interesting passages in the book are those that depict Packer’s thoughts as he lies awake before starting his day. The theme of order against disorder, patterns in chaotic economy, is also effective and cleverly wrought, as is Packer’s unsettling indifference to almost everything around him. Overall, though, it’s somewhat disappointing. It’s not that this book lacks style or interest – DeLillo’s images of a bleak, looming city are effective, as is the fragmented, passionless progress of Packer’s day, giving form to the notion of the loss of human sentiment. Once you grasp the direction in which the novel’s headed, though, nothing spectacular happens; maybe DeLillo intended this, but it doesn’t bring anything to the narrative itself.The flaw of this book is that it reveals nothing particularly new. We have now all heard of Anti- Capitalist movements, and their arguments; we have all witnessed immense political and corporate ambition. Cosmopolis, then, presents a strong dystopian vision, and one that is, in itself, not impossible to foresee. Read it, by all means, and enjoy its many strengths but don’t hope for much more than a depiction of how a modern yuppy realises the vapidity of his existence.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

Women of Troy win first road game of season

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team went on the road for the first time this season after four consecutive games at the Galen Center to start the season, coming out with a 62-51 win over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night in Santa Barbara, Calif.Off night · Senior forward Christina Marinacci scored only two points against the Gauchos on Tuesday night. The Women of Troy were able to escape Santa Barbara with an 11-point win. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanJunior forward Cassie Harberts led the Women of Troy (3-2) with 17 points (11 in the second half), 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Freshman guard Jordan Adams scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, and sophomore guard Ariya Crook finished with 9 points. Every USC player scored at least once, and Harberts finished with double-digit points for the fifth straight game.“My teammates found me when I was open,” said Adams. “I had a lot of time in the pocket. They didn’t run out to me and my teammates did a really good job finding me outside.”Angela Aguirre finished with 13 points to lead the Gauchos (2-4) in scoring. Kendra Morrison scored 11 points, all in the second half, and Destini Mason had nine points and five rebounds.USC finished the first half on a 14-4 run to take a 31-22 lead at the half, with Harberts, Adams, and junior forward Desiree Bradley all scoring six points each. The Women of Troy shot 50 percent (12-for-24) from the field, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc, compared to UCSB’s 37.5 percent (9-for-24). Both teams only went to the line twice at the half, with each team making both free throws.The Women of Troy held the cushion throughout the rest of the game, thanks to Harberts’ 10 points in the first seven minutes of the second half.  Crook scored all nine of her points after halftime, and USC narrowly outscored the Gauchos 31-29 in the second half to seal a comfortable win. USC led by as many as 18 with eight minutes left, but a 13-1 run by the Gauchos pulled the deficit to single-digits before a 3-pointer by Destinie Gibbs with 48 seconds left ended any chance for a comeback.“They made our runs and we made our runs back,” said junior forward Cassie Harberts. “A lot of it was just defensive coverages. We didn’t do what we needed to do.”USC continued to improve in the turnover column, finishing the game with only 12 turnovers, compared to 15 and 18 in its last two games, along with 14 fouls. The Woman of Troy finished shooting 48.9 percent (22 for 45) from the field, along with 58.3 percent (9 for 16) from 3-point range and 9 of 13 from the free-throw line. They outrebounded the Gauchos 28-22, marking the fifth-straight game the Women of Troy have outrebounded their opponent, as well as holding Sweets Underwood, the Gauchos’ second leading scorer, to 0 points on 0-for-4 shooting.“You can’t win the game with a bunch of turnovers, and we really stressed taking care of the ball and valuing possessions,” said Adams, “When you turn the ball over, you beat yourselves.”UCSB shot 20 for 42 from the field (3 for 6 from 3-point range), and 8 of 11 from the free-throw line. The Gauchos committed 13 turnovers and 12 fouls.The Women of Troy go back on the road Friday to take on San Diego State (3-2) at 7 p.m. PT. USC’s next home game is Saturday, Dec. 15 against Texas A&M (3-3).last_img read more

GOtv to Broadcast Madrid Derby Live

first_imgThe 164th Madrid derby between fierce city rivals, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, taking place at the Wanda Metropolitano today will be broadcast live on GOtv.The La Liga encounter, which will be broadcast on SuperSport Select 4 (channel 34) at 4:15 pm, is exclusive to GOtv MAX subscribers.The two giants are meeting for the second time this season. The first encounter at Real’s Santiago Bernabéu in September ended goalless. Two points separate the teams, with Atletico occupying the second position on the LaLiga standings with 44 points, while Real are third with 42 points. Real could, however, leapfrog their neighbors should they win and put themselves five points behind leaders, Barcelona.Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has hit form right in time for the Los Blancos, as they won their last five games in all competitions before Wednesday’s draw. Also posting impressive performances for Santiago Solari’s side is the Brazilian wonderkid, Vinicius Jnr.Atletico’s title chase suffered a blip on the back of a series of draws and a defeat to Real Betis in their last outing. However, they are usually a different proposition at their Wanda Metropolitano home.Coach Diego Simeone will rely on goal machine and World Cup winner, Antoine Griezmann; and goalkeeper Jan Oblak among other stars. A lot of attention will also be Alvaro Morata, recently acquired on loan from Chelsea.Subscribers who upgrade to the GOtv MAX package will have access to the Madrid derby, other games of the La Liga, Serie A, select matches of the UEFA Champions League and English Premier League.Speaking on the Madrid derby, Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho, said GOtv is pleased to broadcast such a major game to its customers across the country.“Being the home of La Liga, GOtv is delighted to showcase live to all our customers one of the biggest derbies in the world, the Madrid derby. With both teams having massive followership in the country, fans of both clubs are guaranteed to enjoy the very best of the game’s coverage on GOtv MAX,” he said.GOtv customers, especially those on GOtv Plus, Value and Lite packages, can take advantage of the “GOtv Top-Up” campaign offer and upgrade to GOtv MAX by paying a reduced fee of N2, 500 to enjoy the best Spanish and Italian football games and other world class programming.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Children’s Book on Clean Water, Sanitation Set in Liberia

first_img– Advertisement – Liberian-American writer/blogger Chantal Victoria has released her first children’s book, Janjay, set in Liberia.The plot of the book centers around 8-year-old Janjay, a smart, curious, energetic girl who one day neglects her responsibility of collecting clean water for her family to join a friend for an afternoon adventure.According to a press release, the story is packed with humor and local language dialogue to capture the essence of Liberian culture.Children everywhere can enjoy the tale because of relatable characters, relationships, and experiences. There is a strong message on the global issue of access to clean water that resonates with millions of girls around the world.The book is available on May 24 in paperback, eBook, and audiobook versions everywhere books are sold including on the author’s site (www.chantalvictoria.com/books), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, audible, and iBooks.About Chantal VictoriaChantal Victoria (Chantal Victoria Kyei, nee Bright) is a first generation Liberian-American. Due to the civil wars in Liberia, her family sought refuge in the United States where she grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a Master’s with a concentration in Environmental Management from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science.She resides in London, England with her husband.For more information about Janjay, please visit www.chantalvictoria.com or contact by email at [email protected] this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more