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Friday, February 22, 2008

Out of My Head

posted by on February 22 at 13:01 PM

Lines floating in my head recently:
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“Why is the bedroom so cold?” (Joy Division)
One of the saddest questions in the English language.

“Philosophy is the talk on a cereal box. Religion is the smile on a dog.” (Edie Brickell)

3000 years of thought and speculation is reduced to the smile on a dog. And dogs don’t even smile. Why do people hate philosophy so much? Why do people hate God so much? Another song puts God in the back of a bus. Yet another song puts God in the situation of a man who underperforms (“God, sometimes you just don’t come through”). When will pop give Western philosophy and theology the respect it deserves?

“I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold.” (Jim Reeves)
The man who sang these words, Reeves, died because he thought he was flying up but was in fact flying down. His small plane was turned upside down by a sudden storm. He saw the world all wrong. Heaven and hell were playing tricks on him. He pulled up and flew into the ground.

“What more can I say?” (Audio Two)
The last sentence in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus: “What we cannot speak of we must pass over in silence.”

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If you ever mention Edie Brickell again I will come over there and tear you apart with my bare hands.

Carry on.

Posted by Fnarf | February 22, 2008 4:30 PM
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Charles,

If you can essayistically connect the lyrics to Joy Division's "Warsaw" with Michel Foucault's ideas about language, and frame it all neatly within the Star Wars cosmology in 1000 words or less, I will personally call up Kim Gordon and tell her to buy you a soda pop.

Happy cheeba weekend!

Posted by Jeff Stevens | February 22, 2008 4:31 PM
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My dog may not smile, but he definitely laughs.

Posted by sheila | February 23, 2008 7:29 PM

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