The Church Of Me
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Kissing in the churchyard, I know a righteous woman

Thursday, July 11, 2002
"I Can't Wait" by Nu Shooz! What a pop classic to be reminded of, with its subtly unresolved bitonality!

Put it on a double A side with "Let's Go All The Way" by Sly Fox, stand it atop your dressing table, and passers-by would smile and proclaim, "there sits the acceptable face of mid-1980s mainstream pop."


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I've returned to Philip Larkin's A Girl in Winter as part of my ongoing if uncoordinated melancholy study (no Richard Burton, I). Apart from very early on having a dentist's chair sequence of such brutality - almost Marathon Man level - it strikes me as a kind of logical extrapolation from Joyce's Dubliners stories, of hapless people trapped by considering circumstances beyond their immediate selves (duty, obligation); indeed, the opening snow scene could almost be the same snow drifting over from the "mutinous Shannon waves" which so shatteringly concluded "The Dead."

The story is all about a frustrated temporary library assistant from an undisclosed European country and her long struggle to realise that she is incapable of love. It is of course Larkin in gender strategem disguise (cf. his Brunette Coleman pseudonym for the actually not very porn girls' school tales which he wrote at more or less the same time - is that why, subliminally, he had so much antipathy towards "her" near namesake Ornette later in his life?). The genuine compassion, when set against what we now know of the rest of his life, makes perfect sense only when you realise he is being compassionate about himself. And yet 1914, Whitsun Weddings, Aubade, etc., all speak to me, regardless of, and superseding, the right-wing porn-consuming misanthrope which he probably was.

The art (and our reactions to it) becomes of greater import than the motivations or the character of the artist. Seen this way, what Ben Watson says vis a vis Schwitters sounds logical.

(For what he does actually say, I refer you to www.militantesthetix.co.uk/merz/controv.htm)

So many ideas suddenly becoming apparent. Perhaps I am at long last coming up for air.


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