David Bowie – Scary Monsters

Another post in ‘classics’ category. Trivia:  in 1973 Bowie met Burroughs . On another note, this song may remind us of hardly appreciated role of monsters in our culture. With fear and with excitement, however,  we cherish good monsters like good wine. They are born of our thoughts, they fed on our angsts and under our eyes they grow to be popular spieces, so vivid and full of life. They are our unloved children, a look in a broken mirror and as you see it takes Bowie to make a serious tribute. With all due respect to Kubrick we don’t need to think so literally in art, as to focus on humans as humans like he did in the Shining. We can always use some monsters as humans or humans’ problems, at least zombies, in a good ol’ George-Romero-night-of-the-living-dead way.

D. DeLillo – Mao II

Who do we take seriously? Only the lethal believer, the person who kills and dies for faith. Everything else is absorbed. The artist is absorbed, the madman in the street is absorbed and processed and incorporated. Give him a dollar, put him in a TV commercial. Only the terrorist stands outside. The culture hasn’t figured out how to assimilate him.