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.
‘I said she was a girl and a half in all directions. Which all of a sudden there was something that seemed cross-cultural about it: I had this sudden
flash of understanding how cultures can regard largeness as erotic. More of someone to love.
The text is a tissue of citations, resulting from the thousand sources of culture.
The real substratum of myth is not a substratum of thought but of feeling .
-Some fish are extraordinary.
Down deep, some are even transparent.
Did you know?
-Don’t tell me such things.
They scare me.
You can’t imagine my fears!
-Do you have to love an animal to eat it?
If absence from repression is the archetype of freedom, then
civilization is the struggle against this freedom.
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.
The Greeks, as charioteers, hold in their hands the reins of our own and every other culture, but almost always chariot and horses are of inferior quality and not up to the glory of their leaders, who consider it sport to run such a team into an abyss which they themselves clear with the leap of Achilles.