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October 02, 2008

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sebastian

Sebastian-
Reuben for your next and last interveiw try to get evey question out and answered, be sure to tape it so u dont forget a word.
I know this is kinda pushing it but could you take a picture?
Anyways be safe on your journey Reuben

orderly

you know, i've been reading heart of darkness again, and the jackal is just so...kurtz, both from the book and maybe even more so apocalypse now. it's of interest to me, naturally, the jackals ancestry and general history, but it's such a 19th-century concept for a man to go into africa and, through violence, extract wealth. maybe that's why, when i know he's american, i keep picturing him as english. and you know reuben, i think, knowing what i do about men in war zones, that that is exactly what the jackal wants to do. i was trying to explain to a hippy classmate today the difference between a soldier and a warrior; the soldier is sent into conflict, the warrior seeks it out. the jackal seems like a warrior, there to get money and blood, and when he's had his fill, leave. maybe i was wrong before, about the jackal being the man who would be king; maybe the jackal is the type of man who only wants to destroy kings.

TH

I remember Reuben posted earlier, in his first interview I think, that the Jackal was indeed a, as I remember, thickly muscled white male American with a fairly nondescript, but educated, accent. I have a habit of disappearing in otherwise empty rooms as well, for me it was a byproduct of early adultification, intelligence, and being socially awkward. Other than the obvious boon this would grant him in his work, I wonder on a purely personal basis if any of this would resonate with him (it is always interesting to see the divergent paths taken by someone with similar life history). By the way I remember Reuben saying that the Jackal was a skilled sniper, remember his first encounter with him and the gut shot man in need of water, and stillness, both of character and of body, are beneficial to any long range marksmen or hunters.

Don't worry Sensical, our biases are the one inheritance, perhaps other than suffering, left to us from universally from those who have come before. Being aware of them is the first step to overcoming them...and to overcoming the media induced blinders and propaganda our world permits us (from a previous post).
TH

Sensical

Here in the United States, race is -- no matter how optimistic and/or dismissing some would portray it -- an incendiary issue. But I have to set aside notions of political correctness for the sake of raw curiosity: Is The Jackal black? White? Candy-striped? I know I'm asking a question that you're not going to answer, and it's entirely possible for a man of non-black heritage to camouflage himself in a (and now I'm assuming too much) a dominantly black nation, but I'd been generically picturing The Jackal as a white man. Just as I'd generically pictured that he was a man (and not a woman) in the first place. And, my apologies to all the other readers on this site: I am not immune to having accrued misconstrued stereotypes over the course of my lifetime and experience. Every stereotype affixed in my mind is a handicap to me.)

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