The description of "Manifesto"—Cate Blanchett playing 13 wildly different characters, each of whom delivers a famous "manifesto"—sounds like an arch exercise in style, or, worse, a self-indulgent snoozefest, an opportunity for the sometimes showoff-y Blanchett to show off even more. And the results are not arch, or self-indulgent, or dryly academic.
German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt has collaborated with Blanchett to create something entirely unique and not easily described or classified.
This short story describes the chain of events that led to Makoto being selected as the Ultimate Lucky Student.
The first meaning of the word 'terrorist' was then: adherent or supporter of the Jacobins.
Apparent from the context given in an article in the Guardian, the indication 'Jacobins' in that Oxford definition bears on the group around Maximilien Robespierre, also called 'Montagnards', that after 1794 were held responsible by some commentators for the repressive and violent government over France between June 1793 and July 1794, a period analogously labeled 'Reign of Terror' by commentators.
The "Thanks" section of the end credits includes: "To all the marvelous authors of these mind-blowing manifestos." These are not sacred texts that should stay in textbooks.
They are to be played with, turned inside out, made fun of, re-invented.
It is partly a historical document of what it was like to live in those times, and was rather dated in ways in 2014, when I revised it.
My energy and the human journey essay, published in 2014, will be periodically updated, but this essay likely will not be revised much in the future."Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist (1891).Makoto has the title of Ultimate Lucky Student (超高校級の「幸運」chō kōkō kyū no “kōun” lit.Super High School Level Good Luck), though he appears to have both bad and good luck.This essay was partially intended as an antidote to nationalism, and I believe that it gets the point across, and continuing to chart the decline of the American Empire holds little interest for me, as I am after bigger game and only have so many hours in a day and years in a life.