Friday Fun Link: Zora Neale Hurston and Zombies


Via the Twitter feed of Terry Teachout, a 1943 interview with the great novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston where she talks about her experiences with zombies in Haiti.

Listen to the interview here. Check out Reason's copious zombie coverage here.


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  1. epi is a zombie?

    Go get my fucking coffee

  2. Zora Neale Hurston and zombies. It was like you were reading my mind on what could get my notice on a slow day like today.

    1. I realize my musical taste is not that of a normal person. That said, what did anyone ever see in The Pixies? Fucking godawful.

      1. No warty, they were far, far, worse than that. I believe the song Heller just posted is about the joy of being the passive Caucasian partner in interracial sex, or something.The only people I know who still listen to them are feminist broads in their late 30s-40s.

        1. I’m 19 and not a feminist broad.

          1. I don’t know you so my statement stands.

      2. I realize my musical taste is not that of a normal person

        Warty, you like Maiden, fuck “normal”.

      3. What did anyone ever see in metal? The whole fucking genre is a bunch of talentless hacks making noise. If you think metal is good, I forgive you for thinking the Pixies suck, since you are obviously musically retarded.

        1. How someone could be on the planet this long without ever hearing Iron Maiden is shocking to me.

          1. Iron Maiden sucks my balls. Anything they’ve done that’s close to being good is what they appropriated from real rock and roll.

            1. Each of the six sweats out more talent playing Hallowed be Thy Name than 99.9% of the bands you’ve ever heard have to begin with. But, please, cite some examples of real rock and roll for comparison while I’m waiting for my beer to get here.

              1. I put alot of sweat and effort into my dump last night. Do you think it’ll taste good?

                Metal should have ended with Zeppelin, before it even started. What a landslide of shit.

                1. Zeppelin? The prog-blues band? Yeah, dude, they were super metal.

      4. Warty, your musical taste is nothing special. Millions of dumbass teenagers have the exact same likes as you.

        1. Hey man, if I were you I wouldn’t talk like that. Those guys wear Tapout? shirts.

          Fuckin’ brutal, dude.

          1. Tapout?

            Everyone knows Cheeseburger Josh, right?

            “I have a cheeseburger, it tastes good.”

            1. I see these videos and wonder why none of the workers throw these fuckers out. I’ve worked in bars/restaurants for a long time and 86’n drunks is considered a perk.

              And yes, I’ve seen the video and the only thing that could of made it better was if the skinny guy would of snapped that douche’s wrist irreparably while tapout guy flailed upon him without feck.

    2. Counter

      Clearly a favorite band of libertarians, as the top comment shows.

      I headbang to this so hard, my top? hat ALMOST falls off. I spilled a bit of tea though and my monocle was jostled from my face.

      Spencer12404 3 months ago 36

      1. Warty, Rebecca Black is more musically gifted than the totality of people who have played metal.

        1. The upper echelon of metal musicians would have been the classical composers back in the day. The Pixies and their ilk would be mucking about in the lovely filth debating whether they were part of an autonomous collective whilst trying to avoid getting shit on their clothes.

          1. HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA, you do know that composers were famous for composing beautiful music, not for playing as fast and loud as possible right? Christ, why do idiots think that loud fast shit = good?

            1. You do realize that there’s metal which is neither fast nor loud? I can’t link youtube from here, but look up “Fade to Black”.

              Considering it’s all subjective anyway, I try never to call anyone else’s musical tastes stupid or wrong. There are serious musical scholars who enjoy classical Chinese opera. I think it sounds like cats being skinned.

              1. Ooooh, wow Death. That’s so fucking dark and depressing. I’m so fucking impressed!

                Fuck Metallica.

                1. ? I was just giving an example that a song neither has to be played fast nor at ear-splitting volume to be metal, and instead you criticize the subject of the song, instead.

                  Strawman, meet Heller. Heller, my Strawman.

        2. Man, don’t tell Tony Iommi or Kirk Hammett that.

        3. Why are you trying to become my enemy, heller? I used to heart you.

          1. Hmmm, I don’t know. Maybe because you called my favorite band “fucking godawful,” while the same could be said, except accurately, for your entire genre of choice.

            1. Calm down, big guy. It’s okay to inflict terrible music on people. No one judges you.

              1. If you think the Pixies suck, you probably think Nirvana sucks too, so double-fuck you.

                1. Yup. Though Dave Grohl has gone on to do some worthwhile things, so unfuck him.

                  1. Yeah but the sheer amount of crap that Foo Fighters have put out negates the other good stuff he’s done, at least IMO.

                    1. He drummed on Songs for the Deaf. No amount of garbage could negate the awesomeness of that. He could produce a thousand Morrissey albums and he’d still be cool with me, just for that.

                    2. You know, I had never even heard of this until just now, when I was looking up Songs for the Deaf on Wiki to see which songs were on that album.

                      There are some weird things on here.


                    3. Smooth Criminal was no good? I’m glad radio is almost irrelevant now.

                2. Nirvana was great. Shit, their Billion -seller was even a better record than Bleach.

                  The Pixies totally suck.

                  1. That reminds me, the Pixies totally suck.

                    Although I may be thinking of the Pogues.

                    Yep, I’m pretty sure I was thinking of the Pogues.

                    1. The Pogues were pretty good for a folk cover band. Your comment reminds me that the same people loved both groups in the late 80s.I recall those same people being slightly embarrassed and apologetic about owning the one or two decent records they did have in the crate.

                    2. I once had a C-90 cassette that had Pogues on one side and Pixies on the other.

                      I found the juxtaposition of Irish Folk Punk against New England post-punk to be mind bending, in some sort of good way.

                      Universiteeee of Massachusetts pleeeeeez….

                  2. Seriously people, ragging on someone’s musical taste is like ragging on their actual taste. I don’t give a shit if they escargot or Mickey D’s, why should I care if they like Discordance Axis or Duran Duran, or both, or neither?

                    1. It’s fun because people get soooo pissed off. Kinda like the adult equivalent of your mom jokes.

                      Though I would consider reversing my stance against the death penalty for listeners of techno music. And no, don’t try to argue, there is no good techno music.

                      “Dude, but this shit I listen to is dark man!”

                      No it’s not.

                      *douses giant headphone wearing douche in gasoline*

                    2. It’s fun because people get soooo pissed off.

                      You’re right. Sorry I waved my cane at you, but one of the nurses misplaced my walker and I was cranky all yesterday.

                    3. Just make sure she gives you a nice sponge bath later to make up for it.

                    4. I would’ve ignored his posting of a Pixies song. It was the “I’m gonna post 100 Pixies songs” that required disparaging comment.

                  3. You’re a retard SIV. The Pixies had probably the most influence on Nirvana of any band. Cobain admitted that Smells Like Teen Spirit was a blatant copy of the Pixies style. Without the Pixies there would be no Nirvana.

                    1. Cobain: “I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it [smiles]. When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily I should have been in that band?or at least in a Pixies cover band. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard.”

                    2. …or the Meatpuppets

                    3. There’s no “soft and quiet” in Negative Creep. Enjoy your feminist pop music FAG.

                    4. What the hell does the Film Actors Guild have to do with any of this?

                    5. Without the Pixies there would be no Nirvana.

                      Not helping your case.

                      We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard.”

                      Your favorite band is responsible for all of the mid-2000s pseudo-hard rock bands that you’d hear on the radio, then. Screamed chorus, softly sung verse x ONE FUCKING MILLION GODDAMN TIMES.

                      You are a fucking monster.

                    6. Yeah just like Led Zeppelin is responsible for every shitty metal band.

  3. Is there even any good evidence of Haitian zombies at all?

  4. What about Clutch, heller?

    Everybody likes Clutch, and they fuckin rock.

    I’m more of a jazz purist myself.

    1. Who the fuck is Clutch?

    2. But yeah, I like jazz too.

      1. 1.) Check ’em out on youtube

        2.)I don’t really like jazz all that much(more of a punk and blues guy). It’s a line from Trainspotting by Sickboy that comes in handy during music conversations.

    3. I’m more of a jazz purist myself.

      Then you, sir, are my mortal enemy!

  5. I have a friend who lives on the other side of Eatonville, Fl. from me, and I drive by the Zora house every time I visit him. If I’d known there were zombies, I probably would have stopped in at least once.

    1. Slow zombies only, of course.

  6. Also, this website has no zombies, but a lot of pictures of a voodoo ceremony from the 1970’s. It actually looks kind of boring.

  7. Wanna hear something else that’s funny?

    HOT: Koch Brothers Ignore Ron Paul Give Cash to Bachmann
    Reports Mother Jones:

    The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, spread their money far and wide. They fund free-market think tanks, right-leaning academic organizations, and conservative political advocacy groups, such as the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which helped cultivate the tea party. The political action committee for the Kochs’ massive conglomerate, Koch Industries, has also given generously to big-name conservative politicians throughout the country at both the federal and state level. But when it comes to the 2012 presidential race, the Kochs have been more selective with their giving, with only one presidential candidate so far benefitting from their largesse: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

    In late May, KochPAC, as Koch Industries’ PAC is known, donated $10,000 in one day to Bachmann-linked committees?$5,000 to her 2012 congressional re-election committee and $5,000 to her political action committee, MICHELE PAC, according to the most recent records available. (That’s short for Many Individual Conservatives Helping Elect Leaders Everywhere PAC.) The two checks weren’t KochPAC’s first contributions to Bachmann. According to federal campaign records, the committee has given $25,000 to the Minnesota congresswoman since 2006, excluding the May donation.

    It’s unclear whether KochPAC has also donated to Bachmann’s presidential committee, which was created in June after she officially unveiled her candidacy. Her campaign has yet to report contributions and expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. But it is worth noting that Bachmann can, under FEC rules, transfer her congressional campaign funds into her presidential war chest, since she suspended her congressional fundraising operation last month. When Bachmann does reveal her latest fundraising haul, a large chunk of it is expected to come from her congressional campaign.

    According to campaign records, Bachmann is the only Republican in the presidential race who has received any money from KochPAC in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, the committee did give $50,000 to Texans for Rick Perry, a PAC that supports Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry, who is flirting with the idea of a presidential run but has yet to decide. Indeed, the only other Republican candidate with a history of KochPAC support is hard-line former US senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Between 1999 and 2005, federal records show, Santorum election committees received $16,000 from the committee.

    1. Mmmm, only Mother Jones can supply that hot Koch action liberals crave.

    2. Hmm, could it have something to do with the Rockwell/Rothbard hostility to the Kochtopus after the Kochs purged Rothbard from the Cato Institute. 🙂

  8. Dude makes a LOT of sesne when you think about it. Wow.

  9. Whatever.

    MORAL PANIC ALERT!!…..l?_r=1&hp;
    An Alarming New Stimulant, Legal in Many States…

    Also = Politicians with Guns……..bruni.html

    You’d think Arizona would be cracking down on guns after the January bloodletting. You’d be wrong. Since then, not only did Pearce make clear that Klein and her colleagues could pack heat as they pleased, but state lawmakers voted expressly to allow guns on college campuses. Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, had the good sense to veto that legislation. Sadly, she cited fuzzy language in it ? not principle ? as the reason…

    The NYT: “If you’re not wetting your pants, there’s something wrong with you”

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