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Moby Dick, according to Laurie Anderson.

"I began to work on this project because a multimedia producer was making a series for high school kids about books. He was worried that books are disappearing and he wanted to do something that would get kids interested in reading. So he asked several artists to pick their favorite books and write monologues about why they liked them.

I chose Moby Dick. Although pieces of Melville's text have cropped up in some of my songs and films over the years, I hadn't really read the whole book since high school. And I was a bit nervous. I had a vague recollection of being very bored by a lot of the whaling details and technical paraphernalia. I also remember thinking that the captain and his obsession with the whale was a bit over the top, too fantastic, too Shakespearean.

Then I read it again. And it was a complete revelation. Encyclopedic in scope, the book moved through ideas about history, philosophy, science, religion and the natural world towards Melville's complex and dark conclusions about the meaning of life, fear and obsession. Being a somewhat dark person myself, I fell in love with the idea that the mysterious thing you look for your whole life will eventually eat you alive."


Laurie Anderson, Notes On Moby Dick
Wheel.

Once I heard from a student she thought  the most interesting countries would be  those which held a culturally  homogeneous civilization. Said she  found so many religions and cultures in  only place confusing. I respected and  respect her point of view, but added  that cities like São Paulo, New York, Mexico City, just to name a few, were  exactly this immense fusion of cultures  and this was precisely the reason why  they turned out to be so fascinating  too. All a universal variety, the kind  which moves the eternal wheel of life.  Of course, there are countries that are  far more homogeneous by nature, but I  like this fusion. Why not go out to the  streets and see the whole world? It is  as good as living in a place everyone  looks like relatives. A brotherhood  that looks the same, a brotherhood that  looks different, all of them the warp  and the weft of life.
Alone? He is too, and feeling fine. And he's even been writing poems wherever he may roam. The Rainer Maria Rilke Archive, just a click away.
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We welcome the ongoing efforts to bring to an end the use of children as soldiers, and, in this context, recognize the  contribution of the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of  Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court and recall the qualification in the statute of the Court of the conscription, enlistment or use to participate actively in hostilities of child soldiers as a war crime, which  will make it possible to end impunity for the perpetrators of such crimes;



I note with concern the impact of small arms and light weapons on children in situations of armed conflict, in  particular as a result of their illicit production and traffic, and call upon States to address this problem;



I welcome increased international efforts in various forums with respect to anti-personnel mines, recognize the positive effect on children of those efforts, and, in this regard, take due note of the entry into force on 1 March 1999 of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling,  Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their  Destruction and its implementation by those States that become parties to it, as well as of the entry into force on 3  December 1998 of the amended Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-traps and Other  Devices (Protocol I) See CCW/CONF.I/16  (Part I). to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects See The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, vol. 5: 1980  (United Nations publication, Sales No. 4), appendix XVII. and its implementation by those States that become parties to it.

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