G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

W H Auden: "But in my arms till break of day / Let the living creature lie. / Mortal, guilty, but to me/ The entirely beautiful."

Will Self: “To attempt to write seriously is always, I feel, to fail – the disjunction between my beautifully sonorous, accurate and painfully affecting mental content, and the leaden, halting sentences on the page always seems a dreadful falling short. It is this failure – a ceaseless threnody keening through the writing mind – that dominates my working life, just as an overweening sense of not having loved with enough depth or recklessness or tenderness dominates my personal one.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Art Spiegelman: "You know words in a way are hitting you on the left side of your brain, music and visual arts hit on the right side of the brain, so the idea is to pummel you, to send you from left brain to right brain and back until you're as unbalanced as I am."

विलास सारंग: "संदर्भ कुठलेही असोत, संस्कृत, इंग्रजी, बुद्धिवादी, तांत्रिक, इतिहासाचे, खगोलशास्त्राचे, आधुनिक पदार्थविज्ञानाचे, शिवकालीन व पेशवाईतील बखरीचे, अगणित ज्ञानक्षेत्रांचे, अशा वैविध्यपूर्ण ज्ञानावर लेखन- विशेषत: कवितालेखन- उभं राहत."

Saturday, April 07, 2007

To hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner

When in college, I read the late Prabhakar Padhye’s Marathi book “Manav Aani Marks”.

It taught me a lot of things.

For example, how alienation is not necessarily bad for mankind. How? If not for alienation, Tukaram might not have written his Gatha. (The greatest book in Marathi and one of the best in the world).

I read in it Marxism’s ultimate goal: “In communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity...society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner, just as I have in mind, without ever becoming hunter, herdsman or critic.” This was very charming. I have never ever got over this.

Although I still did not know what Marxism was, I became more Marxist after reading all this!

The Economist (Christmas Special Double issue of 2002) has a good essay on Marx. It says Marxism as a system of government is dead or dying but as a system of ideas, its future looks secure. Lord Meghnad Desai, author of “Marx's Revenge”, argues that Marx was misunderstood and that the great man was right about far more than he is given credit for.

When Lisa Simpson tells her father ( [3F03] 'Lisa the Vegetarian' Original airdate: 15-Oct-95): " While I was gone I got some really good advice from Paul and Linda McCartney." Her father Homer Simpson says: "Rock stars. Is there anything they don't know?".

Similarly Gandhi and Marx have commented on just about everything under the sun. Much more than even prophets.

I wonder if there is any comment from Marx on this specific “tired, rundown feeling”. Also, will these guys ever get a chance to hunt or fish?

Artist : Mario Micossi The New Yorker 10 Oct 1964