Dead Love: Zombie Rant #3 – The Prospect of Macondo

What’s in a name? Well, a lot. Words are magical, and when you name a massive reservoir of potential fuel 18,000 feet below sea level after a doomed town and go after it with greedy abandon, you are asking for trouble.

I’m sure you’ve read by now about the chain of bad decisions and disregard for safety and regulation that typified the management of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling project and led to the April 20, 2010 explosion of the rig established in the Gulf of Mexico around 40 miles southeast of Louisiana. Eleven died in the opening act of a horror that is threatening to drown us in a black tide symbolic of that insatiable hunger for power. Literally. Some say the corporations involved have “punched a hole into hell,” and if there were any doubt that the Consortium is real, look no further.

Maybe the name Macondo was a taunt? Macando is the name of the town beleaguered by natural disaster in Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. Maybe it was an invitation? Maybe an articulation of deepest suspicions. Surely it’s an indication of the profound hubris evident in the ethos behind the disaster.

Read my story, hear my warning: Power, money, corporations, greed … they are all here—in the world and on the pages of DEAD LOVE, and they are trying to destroy me, you … anything that gets in the way.

—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/The Daily Slice