In the tradition of all great America ideas, [they] have created a confident plan for action, no matter how costly, impractical, or dangerous.
Not thinking well is dangerous.
John Braddock, A Spy’s Guide to Thinking
all forms of serious art and knowledge—in other words, all forms of truth—are suspect and dangerous.
Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye
Jacques wrote me saying this is a “music video I made for a local band. It’s gets pretty pagan in the middle or so. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what it means. My mom said ‘I don’t believe in Human Sacrifice Jacques’ which is funny because she’s a christian.”
This is a great song, and the video has a fantastic retelling of an ancient, but timeless and raucous, bacchanalian story that reminds me of elements of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, the 2nd season of True Blood, and that really popular DIONYSUS video from 2011.
With lyrics that speak about the sights and sounds of a Summer sun that sets, this summer is definitely both luscious and dangerous. A video about a social gathering that turns into an outdoor pagan orgia of ritual and dancing around Beltane fires, this seems to be pretty close to a perfect storm captured in one music video for someone like myself. Hey, there’s even a cameo by both the Horse Head Mask and the black egg from Jacques de Beaufort’s earlier Sanctum and Sacrum, so how can you resist watching now?
And, now I totally know what I’m doing next Summer.
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“Having purchased my tie and wept together about Bond street, we began to talk about the war. I said to him: ‘If I had come into this shop (or should I say store) with the firm conviction that you were a dangerous maniac, thirsting for my blood, that you were insensible to every feeling of humanity, that the fiercest and most malignant wild beasts had nothing on you (I believe that is the correct phrase) in the matter of atrocity, I do not think we should have settled this matter of the tie (or should I say neckwear) with the philosophic calm which has characterized our interview up to this point.’ I regret to say that this person was so lost to all sense of patriotism as to agree with me.” [via]
“Now, as explained above, biology counsels adaptation to circumstance. We shall save ourselves knocks if we do what the other man tells us without any grumbling. We may go so far perhaps as to say ‘brute’ or ‘pig’ when he is not within an ear shot, but even that is a little dangerous, tending rather to the calamity of thinking for ourselves.” [via]