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 Friday November 27th 2015.Tim Candler9

 

      One of the things about Joseph Conrad were his heroes. They were more anti-heroes, than they were super-heroes. We're not talking Biggles, or Henty or the shelf of H's. His own idea of the institution we try to call Democracy, wasn't a pretty one. He saw it as a home for demagogues and charlatans. And while people like TE Laurence salivated over his use of language, searched for meaning, others wondered at his experience of the world as a sailor and assumed he never quite belonged. He was born a Pole, English his second language. Through his life the British Empire reached its zenith and before he died the empire was crumbling. I'll call his anti-heroes prophets.

   

     Yes indeed, you have to wonder whether Joseph Conrad would have had a Twitter account, a website and how he would react to his "Heart of Darkness" being a Black Friday special. His short story "Amy Foster" spoke of the loneliness of those who do not belong. The outsider is less than the underdog, depends for his solace upon the patronizing of others else he becomes outcast. And those who object to an understanding of the world of people as a collection of tribes tend toward an ignorance. Their heroes become shallower and shallower super heroes. So you have to kind of like Rose Mcgowan's views of on screen killing and what she calls "tent pole" films. No doubt in due course, she'll join the ranks of outsiders.

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