“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Incongruous Music

In an elevator at MLA I once heard a Muzak version of XTC's "King for a Day"—a spectacular indictment of class and wealth. Now I'm sitting in the Pavilion here at Rice hearing smooth jazz while reading Schopenhauer. Adorno weeps.

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