What’s special about people now? Since we’ve followed the tone of Nietzsche’s Übermensch, the super man toward which we’d stretch in escaping the legacy of our disgusting simian ancestors, has our music grown sweeter or more discordant? Does the zeitgeist allow us to as genuinely respond to the appeal of angels Shakespeare illuminated? Do we still believe we have the grace to mingle with heavenly cohorts?
A Million Different Things: Freedom, Choice and the Walls
When I was a teenager, Teddy Randazzo made a record I liked so much I squeezed the money out of my limited allowance to buy the 45. Randazzo made a career of writing hits for other artists, but this, as far as I know, was the only hit he had on his own.
What is a vacation, after all? When I was a boy, it meant sleeping late in the morning, no yellow school bus, black lettering on the side announcing the district, advancing up through the sunny morning along the shank of the foothill on which we lived.
Millions of years ago, when you and I shared a less inhibited childhood playroom with wheat, other grasses and insects, we had quite a lot in common. Seasons changed. Winds shifted, and some of us were blown off across the prairies, others into the hills and the waters.
Is The Human Animal So Different From All The Others?
“I am not an animal!” John Hurt, an embattled creature, declared in The Elephant Man. But that just begs the question: how different are we, the human animal, really? I mean, once you get passed the hubris and ego?