Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pirate Jenny

perfectly understated


pefectly non-understated


"Every normal man must at times be tempted to spit on his hands,
hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats."

H. L. Mencken

5 comments:

Rhondda said...

Thank you for this. I had forgotten that song and it's revenge theme.
Anne Kerry Ford, Marianne Faithful, Nina Simone and even Bea Arthur have done versions of this song. All good.
I saw Three Penny Opera years ago. I shall have to see if there is a dvd of it somewhere.

Rhondda said...

Wow, no other comments? Do people really believe you are advocating silting throats?
My all time favourite male philosopher is Albert Camus. No one has come close to his decency and insight. Yet, I have some quibbles with him and his attitude towards women. If he had lived longer I am sure Simone de Beauvoir would have set him right as he acknowledged her position. (as she said in her autobiography)
His position that there is only one philosophical question and that is whether to commit suicide or not is in my opinion the only question. He said no, life was worth living. My resistance, my rebellion, my death. Love that man.

Apuleius Platonicus said...

I think Simone has it all over Camus. She's much more interesting.

Rhondda said...

No doubt you are right there. However, since nobody talks about Camus anymore, I am sure he hit the nerve. He defied Sartre because his mother was in Algeria. Hello there, while at the same time writing a novel about a man who didn't give a shit about his mother and society condemned him for it. (in the novel)
He got the hypocrisy; the short story called the Unfaithful Wife just blew me away with its reversals. Who would not fall in love with the desert, given the circumstances? Anyway, Nina Simone is wonderful. You got that right.

Apuleius Platonicus said...

OK - I don't want to come off as dissing Camus. But over the many decades since I first came across existentialism, it is Beauvoir who still intrigues me. And Nietzsche, of course. In both cases, though, it has more to do with their personalities than with their "philosophies".