Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Lighters for anyone?

April 8 1994. The body of rock icon and the face which defined a generation was found dead. RIP Kurt Cobain. *Lights a lighter for a moment*. I have a knack for remembering dates oui? He actually died on the 4th or 5th April, but I had no time to pay my respects then. However, that wasn't really what this post was supposed to be on.

I've had this extract going in and around the revolving glass doors of my mind for a while now, and wanted to share it with whoever reads the stuff I pin up here.
"When people are happy they have a reserve, she had told Elizabeth, upon which to draw, whereas she was like a wheel without a tyre (she was fond of such metaphors), jolted by every pebble -- so she would say, staying on after the lesson, standing by the fire-place with her bag of books, her ‘satchel’, she called it, on a Tuesday morning, after the lesson was over. And she talked too about the war. After all, there were people who did not think the English invariably right. There were books. There were meetings. There were other points of view. Would Elizabeth like to come with her to So-and-so? (a most extraordinary-looking old man). Then Miss Kilman took her to some church in Kensington and they had tea with a clergyman. She had lent her books. Law, medicine, politics, all professions are open to women of your generation, said Miss Kilman. But for herself, her career was absolutely ruined, and was it her fault? Good gracious, said Elizabeth, no.

And her mother would come calling to say that a hamper had come from Bourton and would Miss Kilman like some flowers? To Miss Kilman she was always very, very nice, but Miss Kilman squashed the flowers all in a bunch, and hadn’t any small talk, and what interested Miss Kilman bored her mother, and Miss Kilman and she were terrible together; and Miss Kilman swelled and looked very plain, but Miss Kilman was frightfully clever. Elizabeth had never thought about the poor. They lived with everything they wanted, -- her mother had breakfast in bed every day; Lucy carried it up; and she liked old women because they were Duchesses, and being descended from some Lord."
Virginia Woolf in Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway
was published in 1925 and is written in the stream of consciousness style of Virginia Woolf and the High Modernists. The story basically follows a day in the life of a Mrs Dalloway who is preparing to be hostess to the Prime Minister and centres around her thoughts as she goes about her daily chores and getting the house in order for the arrival of the Prime Minister. Mrs Dalloway also formed the basis of the storyline for the book and the movie The Hours.

This passage often makes me wonder, just how far has society and social consciousness come since 1925? Women still have their own opinions, and each age thinks that the women of their age have more rights than those of the age before? Do people think about the poor any more now than they did before? Or does it not matter as long as we have what we want? Are people expedient? Does caring for your fellow members of society only extend as far as what you can get out of them?

I still do maintain that Kurt Cobain was the Virginia Woolf of our generation, both gifted artists, both tortured and both with a keen misanthropic streak. After all, if you're not a Vampire or and Elve, you never will see what a despicable race the human tribe is.

I'm going off To the Lighthouse

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Anonymous Cobain said...

You don't get more stream of consciousness random than "a mullatto, an albino, a mosquito, here we are now- entertain us!" RIP Kurt, my hero.

April 09, 2008 12:26 pm  
Anonymous Goolam_D said...

Was Kurt Cobain a drug addict who made art or an artist who was a drug addict? You portray him as having killed himself because of everyone else. Maybe that's the best thing a lemming can do. But when this lemming yelled and scowled his lyrics out, I felt like I was singing.

April 13, 2008 11:36 am  
Anonymous bazh the goth said...

Kurt Cobain and Virginia Woolf hmmm, well one thing is for sure, both were ahead of their time, both turned the art world on it's head in their lifetimes and both died at their own hand.

There are good artists and then there are great artists, both come and go with every generation. The only constant is the human condition of greed and self service. From 1925- now, I agree with you, the world has changed very little, the poor remain poor and the rich get richer through selfish needs. Everyone is useful for only as much as they can give. Women have become apathetic and have given up their fight. Every age sees itself as the Modern Age, but our mentalities have always and will always be stuck in some feudal and corrupt social rut- because we're all selfish.

Artists like Cobain and Woolf were not motivated (I think) by money and fame, but by art. Which is probably why when they got money and fame as a by-product they couldn't handle the pressure of selling out.

I think I should have my own blog :)


April 19, 2008 4:19 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really amazing post!I'm impressed. Excellent blend of high and pop culture with a social message.You're talented-keep it up :)

April 27, 2008 1:19 am  
Blogger Prixie said...

May his talent always be remembered and aspired to

April 29, 2008 12:28 pm  
Blogger Muhammad said...

I want the kurt cobain action figure.

April 30, 2008 5:30 pm  
Blogger Muhammad said...

btw.. he freakin shot himself in the head.. with a shotgun... is he really a role model?

The music was good no doubt. but you have to question his philosophy if it all ended up smeared on a wall.

April 30, 2008 5:32 pm  
Anonymous Ibn Abd Al-Baathir said...

Hi, I'm a writer myself and I was introduced to this blog today by another friend and I love it! I agree with the anonymous comment,I don't think lots of writers think of such juxtapositions on such a topic.Excellent work, keep it up.If you've got an email somewhere up I hope you don't mind if I email you sometime:).I'm most intrigued by minds that associate so randomly, and so well too :)

Ibn Abd Al-Baathir

May 06, 2008 10:50 pm  
Blogger Klatuu o embuçado said...

«which defined a generation»?? There's a lot in it, including people who simply don't know who he was.

May 07, 2008 1:07 am  
Blogger Klatuu o embuçado said...

Rozz Williams... we all love some dead people.

May 07, 2008 1:09 am  

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