Tag Archives: Heinrich Heine

vichy waters: borborygmic belches

Taking the waters at Vichy. Where fitness was not the only end in view. The thermal spa at Vichy and its warm springs had a very slow rise to international fame. The patronage of Rabelais and generations of consumptive Britons … Continue reading

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karl marx: man of many faces

The many faces of Karl Marx. There are many we all know about; the prophet, the revolutionary, philosopher, but there is another less known: the romantic idealist exhorting man to triumph over the things he manufactures… …Instead of productive labour … Continue reading

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turgenev: taking the serf out of soviet

Ivan Turgenev was Russia’s great emancipator. He helped bring freedom to the serfs by an ingeniously devastating method: showing what their lives were like… …Vavara Petrovna soon had another reason to be angry with her son. During the season of … Continue reading

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if he was a carpenter

Bob Dylan and how to integrate jewish humor within a Western and heavily Christianized context.It takes a certain genius and chutzpah to place himself as a Hasid, somehow lost, but at home in what could be wild party in Odessa … Continue reading

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endgames: withered by invisible burning rays

Laughter at your own risk. Heinrich Heine once wrote, “Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle. So there’s to you, that tiresome crowd who have always pinched their mouths at … Continue reading

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high risk laughter: nausea of existence

“Sleep is lovely, deaht is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle.” Heinrich Heine …Samuel Beckett and the celebration of the nausea of existence, which often has little to do with despair. In Beckett’s Krapp’s … Continue reading

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the hidden look: looks within looks

In a way, Zionism is explainable in its zeal to create a “new jew” ; an act of nihilism to consign to the dust-bin of history the entire diasporic experience of jewish life pulverized by the atomic bomb of the … Continue reading

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quiet desperation of prosaic convenience

Is it possible to reconcile the classic/romantic divide. To purge the psychological into a product of reason? Can it be avoided that aesthetic purity depends somewhat on the decadent? Well, the concept of soulmates can be pitched out so that … Continue reading

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mad men

There was really no resemblance to social man. Artistically, a soul at war with the body in such visceral representations had heretofore gone unrepresented. The depiction of unreason in all its unfathomable, compelling, yet repulsive splendor. It was the beginning … Continue reading

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boredom: waiting for something to happen

and so it is so Modern boredom. Deep-seated boredom. The suspension of relations with reality and its replacement mined from the depths of the netherworld splitting into variations of nothingness; a world without meaning, without autonomy and without larger connections … Continue reading

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