by Nicholas Pell in Uncategorized
Something like twenty years spent flitting around on (and sometimes in) the left have made me profoundly allergic to two things: Bullshit and ressentiment. The former needs to be addressed in a book. The latter requires only brief explanation for those capable of grasping such concepts in the first place.
The worst quality of the aristocracy is their disdain for good, honest labor. The converse may also be true: The worst quality of the proletariat is its near-religious reverence for drudgery. I’ve been a worker bee and I’ve been a petty bourgeois intellectual “worker” and let me tell you, the latter is much, much better.
by Nicholas Pell in Music
“Any man left on the Rio Grande / Is the king of the world / As far as I know”
almost a cliche to draw attention to the contrast between Steely Dan’s slick, smooth musical arrangement and the darkness of their lyrics. Still, they have fewer songs quite as dark as “King of the World,” a first-person narrative about a man living through man’s final days. As our Dear Leader begins to contemplate action against Syria AKA tip toe toward the tulips of World War 3, what better song is there to pick back up in my ongoing series about the Dan?