Empty Days

Monday, June 28, 2004



Houellebecq and beyond.

I can't quite get into Thomas Mann at this time after all. Still too taken with Houellebecq and it's properly a world apart. So tomorrow will make a fast run to the library to get Plateforme - and after that it will be over because he's only written three novels so far in any case.

Well, actually it won't be over - because the natural "extension" of this particular marathon implies having a sense of what Michel Foucault had to say and what Aldous Huxley had to say. And I haven't read either (I did say I was "well-read"). So I guess Thomas Mann will have to wait for a long while still. The thing with Houellebecq is that he really instigates a pretty huge socio-philosophical debate in his books - it's a wild dialogue with a whole host of other big heads out there and remaining ignorant of that dimension would be something like a wilful denial of the deeper purpose of his discourse. I can't stop mid-way - I am getting carried away, in every sense of the word. I suppose some people are quite capable of reading his books exclusively for their dubiously erotic content, but this is quite reductive - and, let's say it, as a writer of pure erotics Houellebecq is really not in the top ten out there. Like I said - Sade is much better. If you want rich and wild erotic content, the divine Marquis is still your best bet, not Houellebecq.

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As I am typing this in pure bliss of silence and inner quiet, I realize for the n-th time what a blessing this one month has been - for having no neighbours upstairs. In only a few days the bliss will end - new people will move in and I will be once again entirely deprived of the only thing I really crave and that makes me almost permanently happy: SILENCE and PRIVACY.

Fuck. Is this too much to ask? Yes it is.

[PS. Btw, if you don't believe this is so necessary to some crazy people, remember Kafka - the man suffered from noise pretty much all his life - one could even say that his main quest in ordinary life has been the ever-hopeless search for a really *quiet* lodgings. That simple. ]





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