blunt essays with sharp points
Dec 24, 2011 10:00 PM–
On that “Fatal Day”, “Fatal Day in Halberſtadt”¹ (Thirteen ſixty-one, February twenty-third), Nicholas Faber’s archetypal manual with five raiſed rear keys gathered ſemitones to form one twelve-part octave, equal tempered ; into which ſtrait jacket of ſtems we then bound all our music. Music ſlipped its ſtraps at laſt, bled acroſs the lines. Cowell, Carlos, Cage freed it with noiſe and ſilence. Now Gerald Woehl’s Cage Organ keens in Halberſtadt, its ſix hundred thirty-nine year ſentence : to play Cage “As SLow aS Poſsible”.² This work to be read for ever or five minutes, whichever comes firſt.
—Edward K. McGuire, December 24, 2011
1. Partch, Harry. “Geneſis Of A Muſic, An Account Of A Creative Work, Its Roots And Its Fulfillments”. 1979.
2. Cage, John. “Organ²/ASLSP (As SLow aS Poſsible)”. 1987.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes they fool you by walking upright.
What part of “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” don’t you understand?
Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. —Terry Pratchett
Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig. —Robert Heinlein
Do not ask why the past was better than the present, for this is not a question prompted by wisdom. —Ecclesiastes 7:10
Power lines abruptly stopped causing cancer in 1997 after the U.S. National Cancer Institute conducted a better study. —Robert Parks
Встретимся под столом! (Vstretimsja pod stolom: To meeting you under the table!)
The more you cry, the less you’ll pee.
Relish the love of a good woman.
It’ll never get better if you keep picking at it. —advice from Judge “Maximum” Bob Gibbs