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|Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:55 am Post subject: Frank Zappa : Hart Crane : Poodle Pooh
|Re-Thinking Thought in Literary Criticism
a fair-use text from EROGENOUS SEWAGE IN THE WORK OF HART CRANE . . .
"Adorno's mistake was to see the arena of culture as a real battlefield instead of the scrapyard of partially veiled truths it is."
Zappa comes close to the de Sade (who) Adorno celebrates in Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944): a frightening insister on the bourgeois ratio. The Rite of Spring portrays the ritual sacrifice of a young girl, modern subjectivity pounded to death in an acceptance of the requirements of the capitalist mode of production, though this is posed as a resurgence of the primitive. 'The Torture Never Stops' features the erotic moanings of death-in-orgasm, an audio snuff movie: but the aggression comes from the auditor's own libido, and the verbal images come direct from B-movie horror films, nature's not in it. Stravinsky is profound, offers chthonic release: Zappa offers Ms Pinky, a rubber doll's head to wank in ('$69.95, boy, give her a try ...'). Zappa does not extinguish subjectivity because it'll lead to existential insights: he realizes that the extinction of subjectivity is one sound in a million.
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EROGENOUS SEWAGE IN THE WORK OF HART CRANE: DISCOVERIES MADE IN THE NEGATIVE DIALECTICS OF POODLE PLAY
This essay on Hart Crane was written in 1979 by Out To Lunch at 9, Banstead Grove, a now demolished back-to-back in Leeds, and published in Heretic, 'The Organon of the Fifth International', Vol. 1 No. 2, edited by Paul Brown (and printed on his Roneo duplicator in Peckham Rye, London SE22, in 1980).
Remember, as you read this:
Adorno's mistake was to see the arena of culture as a real battlefield instead of the scrapyard of partially veiled truths it is.
Cat herders chatting over struggles . .
Writers offering editorial . .
Picnicking on common grounds . . .
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