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Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography
Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography
by Rudiger Safranski
Edition: Paperback

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Journalistic twaddle, 14 July 2010
A melange of ill-digested Nietzsche and glib journalistic remarks. An example of the latter: 'In this era [that of Wagner], Descartes's maxim might well have run along the following lines: I have an impact, therefore I am.' Ugh.

Avoid this in favour of one of the biographies by an expert on the topic. Safranski is a serial biographer of philosophers, which says all you need to know about the profundity of his understanding.


Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen -- Metropolitan/Levine [DVD] [2002] [NTSC]
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen -- Metropolitan/Levine [DVD] [2002] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ James Morris
Price: 45.99

17 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph of Directorial Ingenuity, 8 Jan 2008
Could it be possible to transform one of the most exciting stories in opera into 15 hours of purgatorial tedium? If you really want to find out, have a look at Levine's inconceivably stodgy production from 2002. As other reviewers have noted, the staging is entirely traditional: where there should be a rock, there's a rock. The problem is that the singers seem to be carved from rock too - they stand almost motionless throughout. When they do act, their petrification seems preferable - they are ludicrously inept.

On DVD Barenboim, or Boulez, is preferable by far.


The Golden Bowl (English Library)
The Golden Bowl (English Library)
by Henry James
Edition: Paperback

9 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More than usually ponderously luke-warm, 19 Dec 2005
Who would have guessed that, despite his intrinsic, nay, atavistic desire (at least, that is how he characterized it to himself), to use when writing, as a matter of policy, the most long-winded and almost incomprehensibly tortured syntax, crawling through an infinity of sub-clauses, that he would one day, perhaps not during his lifetime but certainly in the near future, become acknowledged, by his own enemies no less, as one of the greatest and most tedious writers of the century, or indeed, of any other?
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Why You Have to Be Me [7" VINYL]
Why You Have to Be Me [7" VINYL]

5.0 out of 5 stars think that you're hot?, 25 Nov 2003
Why you have to be me - does that question need an answer, if the person/people asking it are whitey? Who knows who they are, or where they come from. Intentionally obfuscating, erasing themselves as music 'personalities', they feel very now, but then, I would be able to say that in ten years time, or ten years ago, whenever. The superior track here is 'Just another animal', with a stomping synth riff, great rough drumming, and an unintelligible french backing singer. The main vocalist has a deceptively soft, murmuring voice, in which he criticises the cool world - we're all animals - whilst succumbing to its' vacuous charms. Buy it, dance to it, revel in the sarcasm.


The Rings Of Saturn
The Rings Of Saturn
by Winfried Georg Sebald
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strange news from another star, 15 Oct 2003
This review is from: The Rings Of Saturn (Paperback)
'Rings of Saturn' is Sebald's greatest work. It has a finesse of description, and an ethereal prose style, that would be hampered by a strong narrative. In fact, Sebald is not terribly good at plot, as I believe 'Austerlitz' demonstrates. In 'Rings' the lives of the lonely and vanishing characters seem to drift in and out of vision, like figures in a misty landscape, without the artist trying to grasp them.
Something like attending a seance to which only the ghosts of obscure historical personages are summoned, 'Rings' is a beautifully melancholy read.


The Vivisector
The Vivisector
by Patrick White
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.88

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist Dissects...., 15 April 2002
This review is from: The Vivisector (Paperback)
The life of an Australian painter is told by White in a series of beautiful vignettes, based on the biography of Sidney Nolan.
Episodes from his solitary and bohemian existence are vividly transformed into written paintings which each occupy a chapter, beginning with his adoptive parents, his crippled sister, his abortive affairs with prostitues and society ladies, a nocturnal encounter with a voyeur, and ultimately his death, which is possibly the most mesmeric death ever written. The artist is submerged in his final, Yves Klein-esque painting, in a stylistic tour-de-force of Joycean disintegration and epiphany. This scene is not only very moving and mystical, but it also almost succeeds in the extraordinary task of committing the transcendence of an abstract painting to words.
The general impression left by this great book is that the artist is a modern shaman incapable of a successful existence within society, as he cruelly vivisects his acquaintances and lovers for the benefit of his art. The paintbrush is deadlier than the sword...


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