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Sunday, October 28, 1973

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

1 History at a snail's grand pace

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(Continued from Page 4)
cheer, happiness. Salvation is a
gift; life is' one. fit of purring
t after another. The group is a
placid surface of enthusiasm
and positivity. God is on the-hori-
zon. Good health and eternal life
perch securely upon a magic
mountain of insurance policies,
properties, bonds, and so on to
surfeit.
The fragmentary nature of this
review offers tribute to the com-
plexity of Grass's writing. The
snailbook proliferates with ap-
parently neat oppositions that be-
come eccentric, with overtly
loose ends that explode or freeze
or turn purple on closer atten-
tion. The last chapter is a great
piece on Durer's Melencholia I;
art criticism become social cri-
ticism become art itself. It is also
a summation of the book. Gunter
Grass's life was threatened dur-
ing the campaign in 1969..
Possibly so you will not forget,
maybe so you will remember,
that I am in between you and
the snailbook, I'll make a purple
exit.
Hypothetically now. Imagine
this "creature", a lady, a girl, a
bitch, who in herahead-to-toe en-
tirety, manifests a triple wham-
my, a wipe-out, an annihilation
so ruinous to my mortal soul, my
will-to-live, yea my ability to
stand on my feet, that were she
to walk up to me, stick a ten

inch blade into my stomach, twist
it perhaps giggling as if it were
all a joke, I would be excruciat-
mgly overjoyed because I died
with her near. Now were this
creature the case - even though
one might consider my helpless-
ness, my utter inability to resist
her, less than rational - still you
would hardly expect to hear me
complain of her small breasts,
would you?
Certainly my tolerance for Gun-
ter Grass is not so inflated. Yet
the extravagance and incongruity
of the above metaphor may help
convince you-the-reader of the
depth of- my reluctance to say
anything negative about Gunter
Grass. Not solely out of gener-
osity and honesty, but also out of
fear and respect: a pygmy does
best to keep his teeth free of a
giant's ankles. So, in the same
spirits mightacomplain of small
breasts on that 25 ton creature
above, I say: GUNTER GRASS
UNFAIR TO HEGEL!!!!. At
least 30 snide remarks which
could hardly be taken to refer to
Hegel were his name not used!
I forgive myself and hope you
too forgive me, for this onebarb
at Grass. Hegel is an old buddy,
Grass is no lady, small breasts
are not the issue.
Bl ESIDES Georg himself prob-
ably would have enjoyed
Grass's Snail Diary, which is
surely in sympathy with this
most profound observation of He-
gel: "Each consciousness aims

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at the death and destruction of w
the other." This century's tally
of human dead at the hands of
humans: 105,000,000. I do believe
that i a bit of death and de-
struction, eh? And;for Dooms-
day's sake, don't ask me howH
that damn lady snuck in there.
THIS
Jock Henderson is a local eclectic
whose range extends between bas- BOY
ketball, phenomenology and fiction,
LUIS BUNUEL'S
L'AGE D'OR
This 1930 classic has a reputation-upon its very
brief initial release, it caused riots all over Europe
and became the world's hardest movie to see. The
reason is Bunuel's anarchist viewpoint.
SHORT: UN CHIEN D'ANDALOU. BUNUEL & DALI
MON.: BERGMAN'S THE SEVENTH SEAL4
TUES.: THE BLACK CAT-KARLOFF & LUGOSI &
3 BETTY BOOP SHORTS
CINEMA ARCHITECTURE AUD.
V U I LDTonight at 7
and 9:05 . Adm. $
NEW WORLD FILM COOP presents
A HALLOWEEN DREAM
Alice In
*This bizarre rendition of the
*. Lewis Carroll classic, patterned t
after the Tenniel drawings
features such intrguing cast
'op, " ' >ing as G a r y Cooper as the
+roducedbWhite Knight, Cory Grant as i
* WR-MYSTERIES the Mock Turtle, Edward Ev-
OF THE ORGANISM erett Horton as the Mad Hat-
ter, and Jack Ookie and Ros-
* Brilliantly original coe Karns as Tweedledum and 4(
* with gleeful Tweedlede.e. W.C. Fields plays
irreverance. -N Humpty-Dumpty, and delivers
some s u p e r b in - character
* Satanicaly funny. readings of the authors non-
* A picture of sense verse.
blazing originality.
Must be seen.
WED. & THURS., Oct. 31, Nov. 1 TUES. only, Oct. 30
*' ALSO THURS.: Vanessa Redgrave in Chekov's THE SEAGULL
?*'***'****kk***************'*************1** *
LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Is Coming To Town

All
$2.501

Seats
reserved

Avail Now-
Michigan Union
11-5:30 p.rri
World Hdqtrs. Records
Discount Records
on South U

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" Cornell University-Graduate School of Business &
Public Administration
" University of Santa Clara (Calif.)-Law School
Held in Michigan League,
Conference Rm. No. 4
Coming up Nov. 7-BURGER KING CORP.; University of Chi-
cago-Graduate School

Planning t
Placement
764-7460

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Troupe
Wed.,
Nov. 14
Power Center
8:30 p.m.

CINEMAY Il--TONIGHT ONLY
SUNDAY FRENCH CINEMA
GEORGE ROUQU I ER'S
FARREBIQUE 194'6
A highly praised yet rarely seen portrayal of French rural life in a most natural
state, before it has become an appendage to "civilization." Rouquier s p en t one
year filming a single farm family and their environs....i.it is one of the finer
works in the whole great line of rural art which extends backward through Van
Gogh and Brueghel . . ." James Agee. Subtitled.
aud. a angell hall Oct. 28 7:00'& 9:00 $1.00
NEXT WEEKEND: LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
and Jean-Luc Godard's CONTEMPT
WOMEN'S CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
LUNCH HOUR DISCUSSIONS
The second in a series of informal group sessions. C o m e hear represntatives from
various employers and graduate/professional schools discuss their opportunities for
women. All women welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch.
SPONSORED BY
CAREER TUES., OCT. 30-12 noon

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MEETIN'
AND
GOOD
EATIN'

BAGELS-LOX-N.Y. TIMES
SPEAKER:
Professor Arthur Mendel
History Department
11 A.M. SUN., OCT. 28

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TODAY at3 p.m. &8 p.m.
Two Performances Sunday

WHAT IF YOU ARE WRONG?
WHAT THEN WILL YOU HAVE DONE TO ISRAEL?
AND TO YOUR OWN CONSCIENCE?
I am writing this letter from Israel after a 4 months s t a y as a New Immigrant and Professor of
the Hebrew University, as a religious agnostic, a socialist of long standing and as an active (twice
imprisoned) opponent of the kind of imperialist war that was waged in Viet Nam.
I am writing this letter to the members of the academic and intellectual community who stand
at the Political Left and who have begun to equate the position of Israel to that of the United States
in Viet Nam and worse and to act politically on that supposition.
What I have seen in these 4 months has confirmed my beliefs. Israel IS a Democratic State
which is acting responsibly and humanely to improve the conditions of its disadvantaged citizens,
particularly among the Sephardic Jews and Arabs. It IS the fitting repository of an intellectual,
spiritual and ethnic tradition that has remained viable for thousands of years and within the space
of one century produced a Marx, a Freud, and an Einstein. It IS forging unbreakable links with the
people of the occupied territories-Gaza and the West Bank-and with Jordan itself, through en-
couragement of industry and trade, training in scientific agricultural m e t h o d s, organization of
trade unions, and encouragement of unrestricted travel throughout territories and across the Jor-
dan River. These relationships have already sparked a true revolution among the Arabs-in eco-
nomic status, in the liberation of women, in the enlargement of economic a n d cultural horizons.
Given the gift of Peace, they would inevitably lead to a harmonious community.
But now we are at war. The governments of Israel and Syria played an elaborate charade
with the Russians. They mobilized in October of 1973 just as they had mobilized in June of 1967
and as they were ready to attack then, they were ready now and did attack.
We are at war against the governments of 100 million Arabs backed by the Russian Monolith.
On the side lines sit several cynical European governments who watch the ticker tape of oil prices
and equally cynical African governments who trade Jewish lives for votes in the U.N.
We say that the leaders of Egypt and Syria, Iraq and Libya, Algeria and Saudia Arabia
really do want to dismember Israel,* wipe its name from the roster of nations, kill its people and
scatter the survivors-as Jews have been killed and scattered through the centuries. We say that
they mean every word of their rhetoric.
WHAT IF WE ARE RIGHT AND YOU ARE WRONG?

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T Edward Hombteton, Michael Montel, Manoging 0irectors Horold Pric, te phen PorterArtstic Directors

Sun., Oct.
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SOPH SHOW '73 presents

RACHEL JOHN
ROBERTS MMARTIN
by
FRIEDRICH DUERRENMATT
adopted by
MAURICF VALENCY

WONDERFUL

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