His grandfather was the oldest of eight boys and the only one to live past the
age of twenty-five. They were drowned, shot, kicked by horses. They perished in fires. They seemed to fear only dying in bed.
There are many feelings which can be expressed in so many ways that there is really no one pattern for them. For example, hope has no shape, nor do inspiration, fear, or love.
Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away;
Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air.
You better watch out,
There may be dogs about
I’ve looked over Jordan, and I have seen
Things are not what they seem.
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.
After the first photograph has been in a magazine, the famous men do not enjoy their photographs in magazines so much as they fear that their photographs will cease to appear in magazines.
-I know a man who was blind.
When he was nearly 40 years old
he had an operation and regained his sight.
-How was it like?
-At first he was elated, really high.
Faces…colors…landscapes. But then everything
began to change. The world was much poorer than he imagined. No one had ever told him how much dirt there was.
How much ugliness. He noticed ugliness everywhere. When he was blind he used to cross the street alone
with a stick. After he regained his sight he became afraid. He began to live in darkness.
He never left his room. After three years he killed himself.