The Story Behind “The Politics of LOST” Posters and Some Paleo-Futurism of My Own

Christopher Cocca

When I hunkered down with fiction last year, I took many, many old posts off-line as a way of resetting my own internal narrative and focusing on a very different way of writing.  I’ve talked about that a few times on this blog since.  I had the sense that I needed to let the fiction I was writing say everything I was wanting to say, and it was a good choice for me then.  Between now and May, I’ll be writing fiction more intensely than ever, but I’m also thinking about blogging (and nonfiction in general) in new ways.   This year, I have the creative room (and patience) for both.  See kids, getting older’s not so bad.

I was looking over some old posts to re-release today (digitally remastered in sweet, sweet mono) and I found this explanation behind the genesis of the LOST posters I shared on Saturday.  Credit where credit is due:  my wife was the inspiration behind that project.  I also forgot that the creator of the Obama Poster maker website that I used came by to comment on the post.  It’s funny how time flies and how quickly you forget things.  Adjusted thoughts on aging: +1 for patience, -1 for memory.

I similarly found “What The Future Used to Look Like“.  It started with the idea that terraforming the universe is our moral duty as creatures and ended up being a free-association/stream-of-consciousness thing about the politics of futurism.

When you have a minute, consider looking over your own old posts or journal entries and see if you don’t surprise yourself.  What were you writing about this time two years ago?

Nestor Carbonell

I finally saw this week’s LOST.

Nestor Carbonell LIT IT UP for an hour.  Get this man some serious movie work.  He was amazing. Wow.

As for what the freak is going on with the show, I don’t know.   Spoilers below.

I’d been thinking since the first episode of this season that it was all actually a Paradise Lost scenario, with Smokey being Satan and wanting to go home (to Heaven).  That might still make sense but it’s hard to fit Jacob into the cosmology. He’s not God, though his attitudes (“why should I have to step in?”) seem like stock theodicy tropes.  And what of the fact that he brings people to the Island to basically prove things to Smokey?  Very Jobish.