Engzend

2 Feb

I wanted to talk a little about global culture. I’ve now settled in England and of course am willing to answer any questions about it. Bath is an amazing city and that is where the problems begin. I see things around that the English do better and that the English do worse. But why is this true? I’ll take a look at the food here:

The eats are sold in amazing inventive ways. There are quaint shops with back stories all individually owned. Also the drinking culture here is fantastic for the most part. There is nothing dense such as beer pong; it is all conversational. It gets somewhere sometimes. But in America there is much more awareness about health. Almost none of these ingenious shops have healthy choices. Today I enjoyed a Cornish pasty which was essentially buttered puff pastry surrounding white potatoes, turnips, and gravy. Of course this is just one example in one area but I think it occurs over many countries and in nearly all categories.

Now of course there are differences in what is available (though with the globalism rampant in first world countries there aren’t many excuses), but shouldn’t the best pizza recipe from Italy be sold in every country? Shouldn’t the best fish and chips find its way to the states? Shouldn’t the best burger exist here? I think the selfishness and the fear of too much intercommunication leading to blurring of cultures (and ultimately maybe possibly one single culture?) is winning out.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance does well to inform this:

‘faster-paced radio, movies and TV, and it seems to me the change was not entirely an improvement. Perhaps because of these changes the stream of national consciousness moves faster now, and is broader, but it seems to run less deep. The old channels cannot contain it and in its search for new ones there seems to be growing havoc and destruction along its banks. […] I would like not to cut any new channels of consciousness but simply dig deeper into old ones that have become silted in with the debris of thoughts grown stale and platitudes too often repeated. […] I would like instead to be concerned with the question “What is best?”‘

He advocates ‘What is best?’ instead of ‘What is new?’. Do we? Should we? I think so.

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4 Responses to “Engzend”

  1. abeasty February 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    Do you get cell phone reception in England???

    • octobear February 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

      no! my phone wont even tell time. what a bodge job!

      • abeasty February 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

        bloody hell. skype?

  2. octobear February 12, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    oh i do have skype– anedmund
    add me matey via pirates

    also

    http://pitchfork.com/forkcast/15415-last-night-at-the-jetty/

    the album version is nice!

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