Gray never bought the idea that his book was a handbook for despair. His subject was humility; his target any ideology that believed it possessed anything more than doubtful and piecemeal answers to vast and changing questions. The cat book is written in that spirit. If like me you read with a pencil to hand, you will be underlining constantly with a mix of purring enjoyment and frequent exclamation marks. “Consciousness has been overrated,” Gray will write, coolly. Or “the flaw in rationalism is the belief that human beings can live by applying a theory”. Or “human beings quickly lose their humanity but cats never stop being cats”. He concludes with a 10-point list of how cats might give their anxious, unhappy, self-conscious human companions hints “to live less awkwardly”. These range from “never try to persuade human beings to be reasonable”, to “do not look for meaning in your suffering” to “sleep for the joy of sleeping”.
: John Gray :
Interview/John Gray: 'What can we learn from cats? Don't live in an imagined future. Tim Adams.
[4-5 pm] on Drill
Dip And Post
8 March 2020
What's so good about Drill (music, art, culture, and commentary)?
'A2' suggested that about 10% of his listening, but, important.
Drum and Bass, is the traditional fare.
About half the young and more, are into music in a big way.
R&B/US Hip-Hop, and niches, galore. Openness and the arts, is hip.
Jungle was the last, best, UK explosion and grass-roots happening.
Indie had it's moments, the UK having equal/(?) to the US, in output.
Same goes, for acoustic roots, singer-songwriters.
The problem is you are armed with this information, you have listened to this radio station and you will go out there and you will try and convince someone and they will just look at you as if you have gone daft. You know I don't know why it is, I used to chase wheelchairs and try and help people but I stopped that a long time ago no body listens.
: Clive De Carl
Separation, and not,... Solidarity.
Normal times, and misunderstood and marginalised, music lovers had 'friends.' Oldies. People who championed and contextualised, circa., 1980. Punk, and Reggae, music.
1980: The NME/Sounds/Melody Maker/Record Mirror/Smash Hits.
Blues and Soul, Hot Press from Ireland. 'Fanzines,' and pioneer, Sniffing Glue, mags., and Zig-Zag, to, The Face by, '80.
"We get all that on the net, and..."
No, and, not, batter?
Without financial incentives, there's nor Music Press, anymore. What exists, is forced to become part-industry-paid-advertising, through 'content'/ads.