The Absurd Times Thoughts and Invective — Maudlin Edition

Some general observations:




Bobby McGee

A while ago, Kris Kristopherson wrote the line “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” Nice. That line, along with a Janis Joplin recording of the song, left him with enough money never to have to work again in his life.

Some have even written about it at great length, analyzing its meaning, and so on. That’s not our purpose here.

Thomas Mann’s last masterpiece, Dr. Faustus, has a similar line, sort of. Now I’ve only read translations of the book. While I am comfortable reading Goethe, Schiller, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, (Heine and Hesse for sure), and so on in the German, Thomas Mann is a bit of a different case. Now I can enjoy reading Milton’s prose, even though some of his sentences run on for 50 or so words. Somehow, he uses semi-colons and the like so that the…

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