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Anyway, working with Darren today, yaking away. This comes to mind.
This quote, from my buddy Mike Rostron who floats around here on occasion, of the rock group "Salvador Dali Llama" was one he and I had many sober and not so sober arguments about. I had for a long time(and a long time in the conversation) disagreed, saying by and large art didn't anticipate shit. When I think of the Beetles and "Revolution" I found a prime example--if that song was prescient, it was only prescient of self-entitled apathetic horse shit. And, for fact of the matter, and largely due to that generation, scooby doo wah, things have fucking not turned out "all right." Indeed, we're in deep trouble. The "scooby doo wah" generation by and large is still running the show, and only deeper into the hole. Examples abound.
But, on the other hand, Cather's "My Antonia" did fairly capture the epic nature of the frontier era. Boy Howdy.
And, I might say, unfortunately that Ayn Rand and Sun Tzu the last 30 years or so were big guns. It's important to note that those that read and fixate and are influenced by such writings may full well not "get it" as also in the case of "Revolution." That some over fed middle manager reads Sun Tzu and thinks of himself as a captain in the army of Imperial China is completely ridiculous. I suppose if someone came to screw you over with some stock deal or shady finance thing and you were allowed socially to shoot back(I mean with bullets, right) then there may be some parallel. Obviously not, you get to go home and enjoy a comfy bed and the security of your attorney's courage. That some mortgage instrument broker would identify herself with the "Engineer" in "Atlas Shrugged" as a primary contributor to wealth is equally stupid and self absorbed. Still, that doesn't mean that in a Hegalian sense such a notion "as is read" doesn't speak to the "spirit of the age." You ever meet a Christian that was Christlike? When I see Sarah Palin Jesus is the first person I think of. Actually, the word I think of has fewer letters, and is an ancient nautical term describing a particular structure in cordage and knots. So, we shouldn't be too surprised, I expect.
So, I recant. Mike is right, if one properly understands the prescient nature of art. I, with a background in philosophy would assume that prescience must necessarily involve validity. Stupid on my part. It doesn't even involve understanding. It only needs involve identification.
So, the new thing should be right in front of our faces. Any guesses as to what it might be? I'm curious. I'm clueless on that score.
I hope it isn't hip hop.