Apr 192014
 

I go through phases. Perhaps I’m fickle? I don’t know, but I will say that I’m on a piano prelude kick of late and I’m discovering gems.

I view the piano prelude to be a concentrated emotion, a puissantly distilled essence of a feeling. Chopin gave the world this genre and his blessing was meteoric upon impact. I haven’t listened to the Raindrop in years, but it still reverberates.

After Chopin many composers for the piano composed preludes: Debussy, Liadov, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, et al.

Western music is so rich…! And to think that only a minority of Westerners appreciate it. The West is truly a degraded civilization.

Apr 172014
 

Rapper cuts off penis in suicide attempt, re-attach fails, report says
Published April
A rapper who worked with members of the group Wu-Tang Clan cut off his penis and jumped from a second floor balcony in an apparent suicide attempt, TMZ reports.

Andre Johnson was found on the sidewalk outside an apartment building in West Hollywood at 1:00 am on Wednesday morning and taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital in critical condition.

A spokesperson for the hospital said it does not comment on patients, but TMZ reports that attempts to reattach Johnson’s penis failed.

Johnson is also known by the stage name Christ Bearer, and is in the rap group Northstar. Wu-Tang Clan founding member RZA produced Northstar’s debut album.

Members of Northstar told TMZ they were there when Johnson, without warning, cut off his penis and leaped. They said by the time they got downstairs he was running around screaming.

Apr 152014
 

Was a Russian/Soviet Jewish pianist and composer. He composed in the style of Scriabin music said to be highly virtuosic.

Although I’m not a fan of his output, he symbolizes a strong vein of culture and accomplishment within Jewry. He had a noble mien, a handsome face, even, and was an artist. I have nothing but respect for men of this caliber.

It’s also telling that a disproportionate number of Jews are of such a type. The anti-Semitic stereotype is true to life, but it ignores, and considers non-existent, the stereotype of the cultured Jew.

Apr 112014
 

I’m reading Massis’s Defense of the West and it is one of the works enumerated by Revilo Oliver as being an important contribution of post-Spenglerian thought.

I stopped it temporarily. Why? Because I couldn’t resist picking up Another America. It deals with the monkeyshines of the blacks who settled and founded Liberia. From the first page I was guffawing uncontrollably.

Chimpouts! TNB! Let the shenanigans began! Hahahahahahaha!!!

Apr 092014
 

I didn’t like it. It had episode of grandeur, intensity, and humor (Nana’s pummeling by her husband, Fontan), but I was unattracted to due to its descriptions of large scenes (back stage of the theatre, dinner parties put on by courtesans, etc.).

I consider the work to be, at least in the beginning, too public, too impersonal, and too gossipy, as it dealt with the life and shenanigans of whores.

Germinal, The Dram Shop, and The Earth were more trenchant and immediate in their puissant descriptions of the scenes and characters involved.

After reading a few more works of nonfiction, I look forward to picking up his The Human Beast.