Book Ends of Sorts

“I think all our society is run by insane people for insane objectives… I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal means. If anybody can put on paper what our government and the American government and the Russian… Chinese… what they are actually trying to do, and what they think they’re doing, I’d be very pleased to know what they think they’re doing. I think they’re all insane. But I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” – John Lennon

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The Long One –  (Comprising of ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’, ’Sun King’/’Mean Mr Mustard’, ‘Her Majesty’, ‘Polythene Pam’/’She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’, ’Golden Slumbers’/ ’Carry That Weight’, ’The End’) · The Beatles

“It is almost literal fact that there is not a trace of cheapness in the whole body of his (Beethoven’s) music. He is never sweet and romantic; he never sheds conventional tears; he never sticks orthodox attitudes. In his lightest moods there is the immense and inescapable dignity of the ancient prophets. He concerns himself not with the transient agonies of romantic love, but with eternal tragedy of man. He is a great tragic poet, and like all great tragic poets, he is obsessed by a sense of the inscrutable meaninglessness of life.” – H.L. Mencken – “A Mencken Chrestomathy”

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Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 – 3rd movement – Royal Albert Hall West-Eastern Divan Orchestra,  Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

“Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one.” ― Flannery O’Connor

How we’ve lost the ability to recognize the freaks of the era…and thereby incapable (and unwilling) of resisting their insanity – to our own demise.

(For both selections – if you don’t listen with headphones on, and volume cranked – you’re missing out! – Cheers!)

Photo by hannah grace on Unsplash

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