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ARTS

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 29, 2000 -9

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ily Arts Writer
Beware the information age.
eware wealth, material excess and
italism. Beware genetic engineer-
and other accoutrements of a
Ichnologically advanced society.
eware bodysuit-clad, silver-haired,
ex-crazed nymphettes, who double
s psychopathic assassins (who would
ave guessed?!?).
These are the messages inherent in
Killing Time," the latest effort by
opular novelist and public policy
enthusiast Caleb
Carr. This book
couples a highly
interesting and
Killing relevant subject
Time matter with dull,
Caleb Carr formulaic writ-
Grade B ing and a corny
tandom HoSusse plot.
The book
begins with an
intriguing sce-
nario: It is the
year 2023.
Gideon Wolfe, a
prominent psy-
hiatrist and historian, is faced with
vidence that the recently assassinat-
d female president was not killed by
he person who is in prison for the
rime. One of the main questions of
he book is introduced: How do we
now what we know? What is reality,
who controls it'?
After realizing that the world was
eceived, the doctor embarks on a
ourney with several evil geniuses, in
n airplane/submarine that is ren-
lered invisible by a holographic pro-
ection device and bulletproof thanks
o a really strong electromagnetic
eld.
Sound cheesy'? Good, because it is.
This journey involves a plan to
eive the world about the founding
Fers, which is possible, since the
vil geniuses have developed all kinds
if evil devices. Why would someone

Paradime proves skills at the Pig

By Dustin Seibert
Daily Arts Writer
In these days of the hard-assed hip-
hop mentality, its refreshing to hear a
rapper put on a feel-good concert with-
out being so con-
cerned about his
image. This is
what Michigan
Paradime native Paradime,
aka Freddie
Blind Pig Beauregard, suc-
Nov. 25, 2000 cessfully pulled
off in a drunken
haze at the Blind
Pig last weekend.
He performed
most of his songs
from his debut
record Pura-
graphs, an inde-
pendent release that has been floating
around for about a year.
And believe it or not, the Caucasian
sensation spits fire on the microphone
without emulating his more popular
contemporaries. Though he may appear
like a shorter, chunker version of Ever-
last, Dime's skills definitely exceed
Everlast's, and Dime actually gives a

seemingly routine serious nature of
most hip-hop shows. Dime's eight-song
set consisted of some inventive joints,
like "Same '01, Same '01" in which'he
does nothing but rap about routirr;,--
unique concept for a song. In "Broke,"
he seperates himself-from the ig
Willie" image that accompanies most
rappers by telling us exactly how nuch
money he doesn't have. For "Gir I
Like," he invites five of the cutest (od
drunkest) girls on stage for a hilarious
display of human nature under the
influence.
Paradime is unique. His connections
with D-12 and Kid Rock haven't forced
him to sell out to them. He gets..on
stage and does his unique thing witbut
being afraid of his image (evidenced by
his on-stage intoxication and foolhardy
behavior). On top of it all lie actually
has skills, and that alone comes at-a
premium these days. I did not interview
him after the show due to his Guinness-
induced stupor and his relentless pur-
suit of fine ladies, but I can attest that
he is certainly one to be watched, and if
he actually gets the props he deserves
then maybe there is something to say
for an industry just out to show off talke
thugs and pretty faces.

Paradime, hip-hop's ragin' Caucasian,
blew up the spot at the Pig on Saturday.
better showing on the mic than many of
the African-Americans who dominate
the genre. Backed by the strength of a
live band and DJ, Paradime and his
hype man Saliva had the crowd laugh-
ing between songs with off-the-bat
humor: They were constantly ragging
on each others' weight (Dime is big,
and Saliva is exteremely skinny), and
their funny, albeit dangerous imitation
of Cypress Hill was highly amusing,
proving to be a departure from the

want to deceive the world about
something so fundamentally impor-
tant? In order to reveal that the entire
thing was a hoax, and show the world
how dangerous and malevolent the
information age really is. Also, to
prove that with the advent of comput-
ers and excessive Internet use, we
have no way of knowing what is real
and what is not.
The year 2023 world that Caleb
Carr constructs is a frightening place.
High schools and prisons are essen-
tially the same thing, due to sophisti-
cated security devices. Everyone
carries a "DNA disc," which contains
his or her full genetic code. Thete is
no such thing as personal privacy, and
anyone can be tracked and monitored
at any time. Computers rule the entire
world, as opposed to governments.
The bad guy in the book is clearly
the Internet, from which all that is
evil is spawned. A singular reality, a
collective consciousness for modern
society, ceases to exist because any-
one can log onto the Internet and

make one's own. We soon discover
that the evil geniuses in the book
( Larissa the aforementioned
nymphette and her brother Malcolm,
namely) are not so evil, They are sim-
ply genetically engineered products
of the modern age, so one wonders
who is to blame for their behavior.
In the tradition of Orwell, Huxley
and other great futurists of our time,
Carr is sending out a warning to the
world, and perhaps his warning
should be heeded. It is interesting to
note that Carr is a military and politi-
cal advisor for several well-respected
publications in those fields.
Is this novel food for thought or
just a cheesy, easily consumed piece
of futurist fluff? You decide. But if in
twenty years you are shown that reali-
ty can be manufactured, are then
seduced onto a ship/submarine by a
nymphette psychopath and subse-
quently enhark on ut journey trying to
warn the mases about the nature of
reality, donti hC surprised. After all,
you've been warned.

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