Offerings to the God of Speed 2

Some more about The World’s Fastest Indian. To a certain extent, Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) is something of an automobilised equivalent to Deleuze and Guattari’s itinerent labourers in ATP (“freemasons” who built the medieval cathedrals of Europe). The freemasons did not construct space from the conceptual abstract space of architectural ruminations, but cleaved it from […]

Strip Mining the Dukes of Hazzard

The plot of the recent Dukes of Hazzard remake is relatively straight-forward. Boss Hogg wants to create a strip mine in Hazzard County. To do so he needs permission from the Hazzard Country court and to get permission he needs to ensure that there are no objections from citizens. So he organises the spectacle of […]

Wolfe, Weber, and Car Customizing

Before he became an apologist for the neo-cons, in his famous article-cum-essay “Kandy-Kolored, Tangerine-Flaked, Streamline Baby” Tom Wolfe says: [C]ustomizing is beginning to be rationalized, in the sense that Max Weber used the word. This rationalization, or efficient exploitation, began in the late forties when an $80-a-week movie writer named Robert Peterson noticed all the […]