By Jean Baudrillard

'Since de Toqueville, French thinkers were fascinated about the US. but if it involves mysterious paradoxes and lyrical complexity no French highbrow fits Jean Baudrillard in considering the hot World... [He] has turn into a sharp-shooting Lone Ranger of the post-Marxist left." -- ny instances "The choice of wild, frequently hilarious postcards from his journey to the USA includes a few of the year's such a lot orignal and lovely writing." -- New Statesman and Society " ... sometimes provocative and regularly infuriating ... the United States is full of perceptive, nearly poetic observations." -- Rolling Stone "A mix of loopy notions and dead-on insights, the United States is a necessary (and voluable) photo of what Mr. Baudrillard calls 'the merely closing primitive society' -- ours." -- ny instances ebook assessment

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Money is fluid. Like grace, it is never yours. Coming to claim it is an offence against the divinity. Have you deserved this favour? Who are you and what are you going to do with it? You are suspected of wanting to put it to some use, and an evil one no doubt, whereas money is so beautiful in the fluid and intemporal state it is in at the bank, when it is being invested rather than spent. Shame on you and kiss the hand that gives it to you. It is true that ownership of money burns your fingers, like power.

Gender benders’. Neither masculine nor feminine, but not homosexual either. Boy George, Michael Jackson, David Bowie. . Whereas the idols of the previous generation were explosive figures of sex and pleasure, these new idols pose for everyone the question of the play of difference and their own lack of definition. They are exceptional figures. For want of an identity, most of them have gone in search of a ‘gender model’, a generic formula. Some kind of differentiating feature has to be found, so why not look for it in fashion .

M. a man is already telephoning from a public phonebox in Beverly Terrace. The neon signs of the night are going out as the daytime ones become visible. The light everywhere reveals and illuminates the absence of architecture. This is what gives the city its beauty, this city that is so intimate and warm, whatever anyone says of it: the fact is it is in love with its limitless horizontality, as New York may be with its verticality. LOS ANGELES FREEWAYS Gigantic, spontaneous spectacle of automotive traffic.

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