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A Parody of Mao's Little Red Book

By Pete Brook 7.24.14|Wired

Photographer Cristina de Middel’s new book Party is meant to question the idea of political power in a playful way. In the book, de Middel has taken the original text from Chairman Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book and redacted most of the words, creating new and biting quotes that mock the statements of this once-powerful communist leader of China. Alongside the text, she’s also included her own photos of contemporary China that are another way of poking fun.

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Is it true Mao was a Yale bonesman?

He was certainly bloodthirsty enough.

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Are you serious?

I never heard that before but there are tons of links about his relationship with Yale. I'ma hafta do some more reading about this. Thanks!

I read about the Yale thing here on a DP link, I think.

Given Mao's Psychopathy, Narcissism and Megalomania I may have stretched the facts a bit. A Bonesman by any other name is just as evil.

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Thank you has

for your letter. The frame is on the way to Seattle already. I will send you a picture once it has found its place in the home. I think since the frame is custom, it will need something custom to put into it...

I very much appreciate your words has.

This is great, has

I *highly recommend* Michael Apted's documentary, "Moving The Mountain" - on Tiananmen Square and what was festering for a long time that led up to it... focused on the stories of maybe four of the "Most Wanted" student leader activists (who managed to get out of China). Here's a trailer.


At the time the film was made (and when I first saw it), one of the students, Wang Dan - China's #1 Most Wanted - was in China in prison. I thought about him a lot, wondering if he'd get out with his mind and body intact, if at all. Then years later I noticed a tiny article on an inside page of our Hudson Valley county paper. I'd have missed the article but for recognizing his face. He'd just arrived at Newark Airport The U.S. and China had made some deal. He was part of the exchange. I cried, I was so happy. He now has a PhD from Harvard, still an activist for FREEDOM. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Dan

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Over here

reference: http://www.dailypaul.com/320551#comment-3549984
but don't tell anyone, I'm trying to read. Party is a really good book by the way. I still haven't had a chance to see Moving the Mountain. I haven't forgotten it, just haven't had time yet.


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When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

This post makes me feel better. Thanks.

I've often wondered if I was a bit overbearing and cruel to copy and paste BILL3's comments into new comment boxes. From there I would use the strike tag to cross out his words much as Christina has done here with Mao's, and just as she's done I'd leave a few untouched baring a new message from me. I'd then post it back to BILL. I didn't even have to write anything myself as he wrote enough for both of us. I've often flirted with feeling bad for doing that as it absolutely infuriated him.

I feel let off the hook now. It was all clearly done in the name of art.

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I wonder if Mao likes

quiche....These are the important questions of our time.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

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Panda Quiche!....Wow has, you left no stone unturned

in your research did you?

I'm certainly glad someone has this all under control, for without your dedicated hours of research where would we be on the whole Mao/Panda Quiche issue?

I don't even want to think about it, it's too depressing.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

The current rise in pro-panda propaganda

can be traced directly back to the Mao/quiche ratio, the mathematics of which, with their corresponding impacts, on the stability of world economic, social, and political systems, are far too complex for me to explain here, but you can be sure that the real truth of the matter is even more depressing than you might imagine!

I did do a lot of research here. And the parts that couldn't be factually verified I just made up. I don't think anyone will notice.

I assume he did

quiche seems like his style. Filthy rat creatures. Filthy, filthy rat creatures all the time with their quiche.

Now I understand why

Spanish-born, London-based photographer and conceptual artist Cristina de Middel (born 1975) follows the colossal success of her 2012 volume The Afronauts-a self-publishing phenomenon that was voted best photo book of that year by Photo-eye-with Party, a portrait of present-day China modeled on Mao Tsetong's Red Book. De Middel uses the structure of Mao's book (as well as its iconic design) to create a photo-narrative interspersed with adapted quotations from Mao. As she describes it: 'I decided to adapt this historic political statement ... by censoring and hiding the parts of the text that are no longer in force and highlighting some other redesigned sentences that, for me, form a more accurate portrait of the People's Republic of China in the twenty-first century.' Party is published in a limited edition of 1500 copies and is certain to quickly become a photo-book classic.

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Has this looks really good. It's going on my reading list.

Nice find. Have you already read it?

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Kurzweil can Wait!

I was going to read up on him some more, and I still will, but it might be later. I haven't read this yet but when I saw the photos and the way Middel "reused" Mao's word I made a commitment to.

Yikes! Amazon wants $129 for a paperback copy :(