Media Rock Bottom
posted by April 2 at 15:50 PMon
The image on the cover of today’s New York Times…
…brought to the surface of my awareness this painting:
And that painting brought to the surface this other painting.
But the first image, the image from rural Zimbabwe, is the true image of being stuck in life. Those young men have nowhere to go, particularly the one with the bust radio on his legs. The baked wall of the hut, the dead dust, the sole source of energy, the corn, that’s not growing fast and plentifully enough—this is the rock bottom of the world. I don’t think they are listening to the results of the election. Not news, but music. On the radio Oliver Mtukudzi’s sings “Ruki,” a sad but pretty song about how certain people are just lucky (“ruki”) and others are not.