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June 28, 2011

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robespierre, saint-just and couthon and i think to truly go to the place of terror one would have to abandon all historical principle and acknowledge that the guillotine
was actually invented in ireland....

as for the pleasure principle...isn't there something to be said for the A train by ellington?

and actually, the words of the disgruntled student were, "his theory is a waste of time"...some have even attributed it to jung who was commenting on freud's having spent weeks dissecting eels in an unsuccessful search for their sex organs (the eels that is)...

...and after the eel incident, there was talk that freud was writing a treatise on bird abuse...unfortunately all of those writings have been lost to time...

Bill is right, as usual, and I'm all for the Duke and his theme song, the thought of which makes the shoving in a crowded train even at rush hour more bearable.
But how about Rilke? "Beauty is the beginning of terror that we can barely endure and why we love it is that it so serenely disdains to destroy us."
The guillotine at the Place de la Concorde was the perfect execution for the romantic era. DL

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