“Getting away with it (all messed up)” (James)

Are you aching for the blade? That’s okay, we’re insured Are you aching for the grave? That’s okay, we’re insured Getting away with it, all messed up Getting away with it, all messed up That’s the living We’re getting away with it, all messed up Getting away with it, all messed up That’s called living…

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“The Day the Conducator Died (an Xmas song)” (Scott Walker)

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I am nurturant Compassionate, caring Not so much Very much I am out-going Socially active Not so much Very much My ideal partner Should be assertive Not so much Very much And nobody waited for fire Nobody waited for fire Nobody waited for fire And nobody waited for…

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“If you tolerate this your children will be next” (Manic Street Preachers)

Obviously, we don’t gives a fuck about “the future”, as we doesn’t expect to commits the crime of procreating. Still, shall the word be spread (out of sheer humanistic solidarity)… The future teaches you to be alone The present to be afraid and cold So if I can shoot rabbits Then I can shoot fascists…

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All hail the singer, all sing the song, the hymn… to love. The room is cold and has been like this for several months. If I close my eyes I can visualise everything in it right down Right down to the broken handle on the third drawer down of the dressing table. And the world […]

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“Clara” (Scott Walker)

This is not a cornhusk doll Dipped in blood in the moonlight Like what happen in America This is us Our eyesides snagged Dipped in mob in the daylight Like what happen in America The breasts are still heavy The legs long and straight The upper lip remains short The teeth are too small The…

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“Corps de Blah” (Scott Walker)

Hence went and cracked an atom age old egg Beneath my nose The sky-clads ash with jettisoning the roost I’m bumping into leghorns in the darkness Excuse me Dear god, excuse me Accrue too flew and burned my teeth With kitchen matches struck on stone Boiling owls shriek Arab widow flayed cadenzas I’m wading through…

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“Phrasing” (Scott Walker)

Together, Scott Walker (1943-2019) & E.M. Cioran (1911-1995) draw up a grammar (and a theology) of pain. From teenage idol and romantic crooner to musical “monster”, the “evil demiurge” of Music: what’s gotten into Scott Walker? Such an enigma would require a thorough transdisciplinary research ranging across psychology, philosophy of music, genetic criticism, and critical…

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“Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Ghosteen review – a heavenly haunting” (Kitty Empire)

The Guardian, 5 Oct 2019 In the first album wholly written since the death of his son, Cave reaches an extraordinary, sad and beautiful artistic evolution WHAT IS the worst that can happen? And what happens after the worst does? Nick Cave, leader of the Bad Seeds, his band of over 30 years, has had…

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“Insomnia – A Cultural History” (Eluned Summers-Bremner)

CONTENTS Sleeplessness in the Ancient World Love, Labour, Anxiety The Sleep of Reason The Night of Empire Cities That Never Sleep Wired INTRODUCTION What is insomnia? Medical practitioners describe it as the habitual inability to fall asleep or remain asleep when one wishes or needs to do so. As such, it would seem to be…

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“Post-coal prom queen: Romania’s lost lands – in pictures” (Ioana Cîrlig)

The Guardian, 25 Apr 2019 Ioana Cîrlig captures life in the towns of Romania that were heavily industrialised under communism, but have been left adrift after the 1989 revolution and the transition to a market economy Petroșani, the Jiu Valley coal mining area, 2014 These towns, which thrived under communism, have been dramatically impacted by the…

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“Deep adaptation” (Jem Bendell)

“Since man’s existence is the most considerable and the strangest venture nature has known, it is inevitable that it should also be the shortest; its end is foreseeable and desirable: to extend it indefinitely would be indecent. Having entered upon the risks of his exception, the paradoxical animal will still play, for centuries and even…

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The School of Life: “On being mediocre”

More than ever, modern life forces us to confront our own mediocrity. Our computers and phones constantly bombard us with news of the achievements of exceptional people: actors winning awards; athletes performing incredible feats; royals being praised for their beauty and philanthropy. As we sit and scroll, we can’t help but feel distinctly ordinary –…

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“After affirmation, or, being a loser. On vitalism, sacrifice, and cinders” (Paul Harrison)

GeoHumanities, Durham University, 1 (2). pp. 285-306. What could it mean to hesitate before life? To be unwilling or unable to affirm existence? And who or what would suggest such a thing? What type of monster would embrace sadness over joy, despair over hope, failure over success? And yet this is what is proposed. This…

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“Pithy and profound: the beauty of aphorisms” (Alex Preston)

The Spectator, 13 october 2018 The Fall at Home: New and Collected Aphorisms Don Paterson Faber, pp.212, £16.99 It’s not surprising, perhaps, that Emil Cioran isn’t much read in England. Born in Romania, but winning a scholarship to the University of Berlin in 1933, Cioran was an avid supporter of both the Nazis and the…

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“The Problem of Pessimism” (Frederick C. Beiser)

1. Pessimism as Zeitgeist Beginning in the 1860s, and lasting until the end of the 19th century, the dark cloud of pessimism hung thick over Germany. This bleak and black mood spread far and wide. It was not confined to decadent aristocratic circles; it could also be found in the middle classes, among students at…

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A Short, Animated Introduction to Emil Cioran, the “Philosopher of Despair”

It is admittedly a gross oversimplification, but if asked to summarize a critical difference between analytical Anglo-American philosophers and so-called “Continentals,” one might broadly say that the former approach philosophy as thinking, the latter as writing. Contrast, for example, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Bertrand Russell—none of whom are especially known as prose stylists—with Michel…

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The Book of Life: E. M. Cioran

From The Book of Life website Towards the end of the twentieth century, a celebrated Romanian-French philosopher and aphorist was invited to speak in Zurich. He was introduced with rhetorical pomp and flattering comparisons to the likes of Kierkegaard and Schopenhauer. The speaker smiled, and immediately confounded his German interpreter by beginning his presentation with…

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