"I hide behind your sun.
You are the champion...
So you can take me to the Dragon's Lair,
or you can take me to Rapunzel's Windowsill,
but either way it is time
for a bigger kind of kill."
--Sunset Rubdown, "Dragon's Lair"
I have a prickly relationship, at best, with Richard Wagner. I love classical music and its history--Dmitri Shostakovich will always be one of my personal heroes--but Wagner is a very, very difficult man to like. It's not just the sexism (which Mahler had in spades) or the racism (didn't I just too a post on Eliot?) or the egotism (one of the best art exhibits I've ever been in was 11 rooms of Gaugin) or how bombastic and over-the-top his art was (I have been listening to a ton of death metal lately). It's a weird combination of all of the above, combined with the stain left by the Nazi Party co-opting his work and a general resistance I have towards opera. I recognize that the man was a musical genius (if more than a little horrible), but for some reason it just never quite clicks with me.
|Also, I play football in a tux. Like a gentleman.|
"The Ring ends with everybody dead except three mermaids; and though [the Great War] went far enough in that conclusive direction to suggest that the next war may possibly kill even the mermaids with 'depth charges,' the curtain is not yet down on our drama, and we have to carry on as best we can. If we succeed, this book may have to pass into yet another edition: if not, the world itself will have to be reedited."
|Yes. Yes, that is a monocle.|
On the magic helmet of the villain Alberic--a gold-miner Shaw holds up as the epitome of selfish accumulation of wealth--which allows him to become invisible and change his form, Shaw writes: "This helmet is a very common article in our streets, where it generally takes the form of a tall hat. It makes a man invisible as a shareholder, and changes him into various shapes, such as a pious Christian, a subscriber to hospitals, a benefactor of the poor...and what not, when he is really a pitiful parasite on the commonwealth, consuming a great deal, and producing nothing, and doing nothing... ."
|"Wallets are a tool for the accumulation of wealth, but if I had one it |
would say Bad Motherfucker on it."
|Critical opinions do vary, however.|