archive of posts from January, 2017

My iPod [30/01/2017]

Initials B.B. | Serge Gainsbourg | 1968

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Self-Herding Schnippets

What Orwell didn’t get was what Aldous Huxley did get (as Neil Postman long ago pointed out). This was that the real danger to freedom was and is that not enough people will care about it, because they have come to love their own servitude, and mistake that servitude for sovereignty. “Nobody tells me what to do with my own body,” they declare, while allowing all kinds of people to do all sorts of awful things with their minds. Postman wrote in Amusing Ourselves to Death: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. …In 1984…people are controlled by inflicting pain. In [Huxley’s] Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.”

Peter Hitchens more »

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El Topo

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My iPod [23/01/2017]

Screaming Secrets | Julian Cope | 1987

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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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Herding Schnippets

… it was never intended to be a comedy, a tragedy, a political film nor a religious film – it meant to be everything, all genres.

Alejandro Jodorowsky more »

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Withdrawal Schnippets

I’m at an age when everything is less exciting and I have to look for inspiration much more inside myself and my home than outside.

Pedro Almodóvar more »

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