‘Beneath the Gravel Weight of Stars’ & the Beat mythology of the supertramp
What songs sing the sorrow of homelessness from Ginsberg’s metaphoric hydrogen jukebox? Such mythology of the heavenly liberated hobo is often drawn from, for example, W.H. Davies (1871-1940) – the original supertramp. Davies, Newport, Wales-born wanderer of America, who famously settled in Gloucestershire, was frowned upon by Muse Colony of Frost (1874-1963), Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1938),…
Nuclear War in Gloucestershire
Unlike Dominic Sandbrook’s view…in all the euphoria that came with the liberation of the suppressed people of the Eastern Bloc, it is easy to overlook that when the Cold War ended, the threat of nuclear war did not.
Why Post-modernism is Bourgeois Twaddle
It is an amorphous, wry dare to accept so many viewpoints and meanings as to be elusive and virtually meaningless. In its plurality of truths it resists a consensual truth upon which we can build knowledge, even if it requires a consensus to achieve its own existence.
Frankly, at the time I thought we were doomed. Borne of these are the beginnings of a political awakening that took another decade to bear fruit.
The Philosophy of a Human Right
The Tintern Pub Philosophy Circle met the other night to discuss How We Might Get Human Rights. The discussion was lead by Tim Cross and covered the development of Human Rights as a concept from Hobbes, Locke, the US & French Revolutions and finally to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
A cold deadly longing
There were tests on living creatures as well. Because pigskin is remarkably similar to human flesh, the U.S. government experimented on live pigs. Tests in 1957 exposed some twelve hundred pigs to atomic detonation.
Somebody’s going to pay…
This tells us a lot about the mindset of President Bush. Rather than a defensive position, his first thoughts are offensive, and thus we can see how we quickly arrive at a war bloody wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Answers to the big questions just aren’t that easy, I guess.
Anarchistic jazz Beat cool Mozart noir vs. the establishment:
‘Breathless’ was a chaotic and rebellious mix of intellect and pulp; an anti-establishment Beat mix of cool jazz and Mozart.
It is easy to regard as cheats authors who justify their observations and arguments by serially quoting those of other great thinkers in their work.