January 25, 2009

Leery Attachment Replies, Page 176.

In contemporary society, a human life inevitably goes through one or two crises of self-doubt. It's hardly surprising, therefore, to find at least one establishment in any major European city which is open all night.

Most of the people Bruno had encountered in his life had been motivated solely by the pursuit of pleasure -- if one includes in the definition those narcissistic pleasures so central to the esteem or admiration of others. And thus different strategies are adopted, and these are called human lives.

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January 23, 2009

Leery Attachment Replies, Page 136.

By the end of the first week, Michel had the intuition that perfect reproduction was impossible while DNA was in the form of a double helix. To obtain an exact replication across an indefinite succession of cellular generations, it would probably be necessary for genetic information to be on a compact structure -- for example, a Mobius strip or a torus.

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January 22, 2009

Steve Albini.

'Jazz serves a cultural function in the music scene. It is a signifier for musical "adulthood". To embrace jazz is to don a kind of graduation cap, signifying a broadening of tastes outside "mere" rock music. This ostentatious display of "sophistication" is an insult, and I find the graduation-cappers transparent and tedious. Certainly there must be interesting music one could call "jazz". There must be. I've never heard it, but I grant that it is out there somewhere.'

'Jazz has a non-musical parallel: Christiania, the "free" zone in Copenhagen. In Christiania, like in jazz, there is no law. People are left to their own inventions to create and act as they see fit. In Jazz, the musicians are allowed to improvise over and beside structural elements that may themselves be extemporaneous. Sounds good, doesn't it? Freedom -- sounds good.'

'The reality is much bleaker. Christiania is a squalid, trashy string of alleys with rag-and-bone men selling drugs, tie-dye, and wretched food. Granted Total Freedom, and this is what they've chosen to do with it, sell hash and lentil soup? Jazz is similar. The results are so far beneath the conception that there is no English word for the disappointment one feels when forced to confront it. Granted Total Freedom, you've chosen to play II V I and blow a goddamn trill on the saxophone? Only by willfully ignoring its failings can one pretend to appreciate it as an idiom and don the cap.'

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January 11, 2009

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January 10, 2009

Leery Attachment Replies, Page 100 + 108.

As a teenager, Michel believed that suffering conferred dignity on a person. Now he had to admit he had been wrong. What conferred dignity on people was television.

As a schoolboy, he would often sit on a step between floors just after class began; these were his rare moments of happiness. Midway between landings, he would lean back against the wall, eyes half-closed, sometimes wide open, and wait. Everything was so peaceful; then gently, almost furtively, his heart soared in short bursts towards joy.

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January 07, 2009

Leery Attachment Replies, Page 84.

This is my life, thought Bruno, I'm watching the cars' headlights through the trees.

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January 06, 2009

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