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Posted September 25, 2006
Cédric Van der Hauwaert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
My thesis consists of a translation from English into Dutch, crafted in a scientifically underbuilt fashion. I have chosen the book ¿The Schwarzenegger Syndrome¿, a blazingly masterful 2005 literary journey meticulously researched by Gary Indiana, North-American bicoastal bitingly satirical writer and journalist (for such authoritative publications as The Los Angeles Times Book Review and The London Review of Books). In this perennially thought-provoking and honestly dead-serious travelogue, Indiana, a self-proclaimed Rockefeller Republican-very much like Newt Gingrich during his up-and-coming days- is destined to lay bare the outrageously absurd and extremely unhealthy manner in which the beautifully sun-drenched and Pacific beach-infested Golden State- once home to revolutionary grassroots leftist movements such as the shockingly controversial and greatly influential Beat Generation, which spawned forth geniuses such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, during the forties and fifties, and the LSD-tripping Haight-Ashbury hippies of the sixties- is dangerously struck by a far too oudlandish obsession with getting celebritied-up and by that I mean brainless worship of trashy `babes-in-toyland¿ glamor girls the likes of Paris Hilton and overly excessive consumption of eve-scabrous Tinseltown gossipy tabloid schlock. From the cold and often snowy mountaintops of Tahoe City to the middle-to-upper class suburbs of Orange County, from the perfectly neat and petit-bourgeois looking Victorians of the City by the Bay to the lush and lavish neighborhouds of Bel Air, Beverly Hills and Brentwood, way too many Paxil-fueled soccer moms with Jennifer Aniston hairdos, roid-poppin¿ gym rats, wave-conquering surfer dudes, shopaholic Valley Girls, psychotic tweakers and other Bear Republic species who O.D.¿ed on sunlight, were dazzled by the Terminator¿s larger-than-life populist, thoroughly pared-down yet unapologetically simplistic politics. Hollywood has one more time made its way into the Sacramento political scene. Arnie¿s triumphant take-over of the Governor¿s Mansion in Northern California bares a deep resemblance to the career of one Ronald Reagan, a mad cowboy best known for blatantly ignoring the emerging AIDS crisis of the eighties and making Republican conservatism almost synonymous with Christian Right propaganda. Arnold Schwarzenegger, married to a niece of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, adored by every wholesome Democrat, is now a mass-marketed brand not much different from Ronald McDonald or Kentucky Fried Chicken. The Austrian Oak-one of the many nicknames bestowed upon him- created this genuinely all-American brand by being a wickedly manipulative, shamelessly brazen and materialistic bully. Perhaps in ten years the term narcissism might acquire a new synonym: Schwarzeneggerism.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2005
The truth about the Gubernator
Those fascinated by Schwarzie's personality, whether they hate his guts or adore every inch of him (whatever that may be) should imperatively check out this title. Ahnuld's political debacles are analyzed by using Terminator-methaphors, for these paragraphs only you should read the book. While the author readily admits these magically creepy flicks are intriguing, he's not afraid to intelligently bash the Golden State governor's Dianabol-fueled populisms. Those wondering what might be wrong with the contemporary Capitol Hill and Sacramento policies, go read this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.