Re: Quick guide to postmodernism


Subject: Re: Quick guide to postmodernism
From: Eliot Handelman (eliot@generation.net)
Date: Sun Oct 02 2005 - 22:00:20 EDT


brian wrote:

> thank you very much, Eliot.

I'm glad to have been helpful.

>
> if you don't mind me asking, what is your association with
> schizophrenia? a theoretical interest, or aesthetic?

Yes to both, but also at one time I was going to become a psychoanalyst
and I immersed myself in the lit. I gravitated towards schizophrenia
partly through musical interests -- I was interested in questions about
very
intense musical experiences. The best guy to read here is still Nietzsche,
in "the birth of tragedy" who had the idea that in
the ancient world music was -- in its dionysian, ie, orgiastic, guise --
primarily
about mass cult music/dancing geared towards the "loss of self." I used
to bap
around ideas like whether music isn't at bottom a sort of system of sound
that works as music PRECISELY because of its ability to penetrate the
ego boundary. These are not ideas that I continue to pursue, though I
continue
to think music is primarily a system of sound for eliciting certain kinds of
psychological effects. I was at the cemetery earlier today -- a Jewish
cemetery
with some rather nice cantorial singing. Of course some people there did
weep,
and I'm sure that the music did help to release that emotion. This, to
me, is what
music is basically all about. Let me add some scare quotes: "basically."

-- eliot



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