Luther Blissett is a multi-use name, an “open reputation” informally adopted and shared by hundreds of artists and social activists all over Europe since Summer 1994. For reasons that remain unknown, the name was borrowed from a notable association football player who played for A.C. Milan, Watford F.C. and England in the 1980s. One version of the Luther Blissett Manifesto, an open-source document which partly explains the origins of the name, can be found here.
Desultory Heroics is a hybrid aggregator/personal blog providing news, commentary, think pieces and art worth sharing (usually with a political/dystopian edge). Content is selectively curated to supplement a balanced daily media diet. The title is a reference to ideas of Philip K. Dick, in particular the unique protagonists of his novels who struggle against “The Black Iron Prison”, an oppressive empire eternally superimposed over the world.
“This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance. Their deeds may be small, and almost always unnoticed, unmarked by history. Their names are not remembered, nor did these authentic humans expect their names to be remembered. I see their authenticity in an odd way: not in their willingness to perform great heroic deeds but in their quiet refusals. In essence, they cannot be compelled to be what they are not.
The power of spurious realities battering at us today—these deliberately manufactured fakes never penetrate to the heart of true human beings.”
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