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Lost And Found Schnippet

“I am beyond Left and Right, as I am Good and Evil.

Gabriele d’Annunzio more »

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Timely Schnippet

Free Speech is, therefore, the very best proof of good government; it is like the coldness of a dog’s nose. Men whose conscience is void of offense before God and man, and who are busy with their work, do not give a damn what fools and knaves are saying about them.

Aleister Crowley

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Spengler Schnippets

What is truth? For the multitude, that which it continually reads and hears.

Oswald Spengler

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Unfortunately Obvious Schnippet

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Blindingly Obvious Schnippet

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself.

Haruki Murakami

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Cannon Fodder

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

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Surly Schnippits

I think that in general rock critics aren’t nearly as good at their job as I am at my job. I think that in general rock critics are ignorant of the history of rock music and have no respect for it, or understanding of it , as an art. I think that in general rock critics are lazy and have not thought out what they are doing.

A critic, it seems to me, needs years of application to know what he’s talking about in regard to a subject matter. He needs to study the history of the subject, the history of criticism in the subject and be informed of any number of aesthetical issues – all in order to engage in grounded, informed analysis. Otherwise, what is the value of the critique beyond that of: “Gee, that’s good” / “Gee, that’s no good”?

… So, much / most criticism – praise or disparaging – is suspect. The first thing to be done when reading criticism, then, is to identify the capability of the critic – to critique the critic. This is time-consuming. There are a handful of critics whose credentials are solid. But, of course, that doesn’t make them infallible. Criticism especially from an unverified source must raise the question, What is its value?

David Thomas

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