– THE VINES – 2014
That’s a great page turner. It is
highly entertaining and readable and two days is the maximum you must spend on
it to get the full impact of this impressive power Christopher Rice captures in
It deals with New Orleans. Welcome back to your nest, young
man. You know that land so well and these marshes so marvelously that you can
in no time recreate their black magic, because their magic is black, and being
black it pushes its roots deep into the old slavery past of this land.
Sure enough we are entirely
drowned in this context of the descendants of the slave-owners and the
descendants of the slaves and how they cannot come together because there is a
curse that separates the two races. The curse comes from Virginie Lacroix, the
ghost of a slave who could communicate with and command the underground forces
of the earth. She was betrayed in her days and she has been condemned to be a
ghost there along with the last planter who betrayed her.
It is said that this Virginie
Lacroix has to be re-substantiated, in other words re-incarnated by the
conjunction of several guilty people being destroyed by the will of their
surviving victims. The white descendant of the planters has no problem shedding
her blood to the vines and getting her vengeance on her husband, the cheater.
But she is a bitter person and she is eventually eaten up and ghostified by
some black bugs and she takes over the ghost of Virginie Lacroix who cannot
then be liberated from her state as long as this Caitlin Chaisson is
controlling her after her rebirth from the vines.
Luckily a certain Blake Henderson
who was bullied along with his lover when they were high school students, the
lover being the son of the main coach of the High School, by three team members
sent by the father and coach to “teach them a lesson” which eventually meant
the death of his own son and the survival of Blake his lover. The reactivated
vines want him to become the second blood shedder because the second but
chained ghost, Felix Delachaise cannot find any peace if he does not help
liberate Virginie Lacroix’s ghost and he can only do that if one person feeds
his vines the blood he needs to take over but that only happens if this Blake
refuses the blood-service and thus is forced to do it by of course the
ghostified Caitlin Chaisson. He refuses of course and that makes the
difference: it liberates Félix Delachaise.
Then the battle is between the
black bugs of Caitlin Chaisson and the white-winged bugs of Félix Delachaise
and there will be a happy ending. Christopher Rice somewhere is a sentimental
But the book is essential in the
It is the absolutely crystal
clear embodiment of the Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome of American society.
The Blacks will never find their freedom from this PTSS if they do not assume
their past as slaves and recapture the positive, constructive and creative side
of that ordeal slavery was. At the same time the whites will never be able to get
out of the PTSS of their own if they do not assume their past as slave owners
or overseers or slave-benefitting white folks and the positive sides of that
It is easy to make people cry on
the evil of the past but it is a lot more complicated to bring people to
accepting that this evil past had positive sides. I regret this book does not
insist on the musical heritage from slavery. But the book insists enormously on
the power and fair dealing the slaves demonstrated in their days and at the
same time the planters and other overseers were monsters with whips, no honor,
no words to keep, with their sons (when the fathers did not join these too) who
were purely raping women slaves as soon as they arrived and then repeatedly and
collectively, in other words in the worst ever and most traumatic way possible.
And Christopher Rice could have also insisted on the fact that males were just
as much, often and well raped, and children of both sexes were not even
mentioned or mentionable: they were natural toys. And yet these white monsters
had a positive side: they built the country, the economy, this society with
relentless energy and will.
We come to the idea that this
country could not have been built if these relentless energy and will had not
been associated to the resistance and fair dealing the black claves
demonstrated all the time. The heritage of the USA is the result of these two
dimensions: relentless energy plus relentless resistance. And the way out of
their mutual PTSS is in recognizing this double positive heritage along with the
evil side of things at the time. Would American music and even the music of the
world today be the same if there were not the heritage of this slavery in the
music of our whole universe? The black slaves saved from their culture their
polyrhythmic traditions in order to resist the relentless exploitation that was
their lot. By chanting their traditional rhythms when working in the fields
they managed to all work at the same speed and thus to counterbalance the
competition the planters wanted to introduce among the black slaves. They thus
escaped the possible whippings and punishments, or at least minorized them.
They thus made their survival easier. Without that resistance our musical world
would be completely different and that resistance would not have been possible
if slavery had not been used, and even overused, and without slavery the future
of the Americas was practically unthinkable, at least the way it has been
brought, which means the future of the West would have been very bleak, and
thus the future of the world since the west has played an essential role in its
development, a role that has come or is coming to an end.
All that si marvelously embodied
in the book by Christopher Rice and I think his being gay and having suffered
that kind of discrimination and bullying, known as gay-bashing, he is able to
understand the suffering of the descendants of the slaves who are still
submitted to that kind of segregation and violence which is known as crowd
managing or riot managing or crime managing based on a racial and racist
practice of profiling.
The best part of this book is
that it is a tremendous entertainment and the serious questions are just in the
wings, if you want to see them, in the white wings of Félix Delachaise’s bugs
and in the black wings of Caitlin Chaisson’s bugs. And mind you miracles are
possible and ghosts can be reborn. Somewhere Christopher Rice must be a
Buddhist deep in his mind.
ensemble ces œuvres est on ne peu plus justifié par le rôle de la mère.
Il n’y a pas de Tom qui puisse être à la ferme sans la mère Agathe en
l’occurrence dans la cuisine de la même façon qu’il ne peut pas y avoir de
Jésus qui soit à la croix sans la mère Marie en l’occurrence à ses pieds.
C’est cette maternité, cette maternalité qui justifie la mise en commun.
J’ai ajouté la première publication de la critique du film car en plus celle-ci
introduisait un CD de musique Maya et pour moi cette musique est celle de la
Mère première, la terre, la glaise, la nature, notre mère à tous, comme le
cosmos est notre père à tous.