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Friday, January 27, 2006


Rather than anal.

Beckett fact no. 30.

In a poem I mentioned earlier, 'Dortmunder', the poet and a lady of the night conduct their business with inexplicably fatal side-effects for the author of Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung:

Schopenhauer is dead, the bawd
puts her lute away.

As long as she doesn't nip out to the landing for a natter afterwards. Schopenhauer was interrupted once by an old woman talking to a friend on the landing outside his room: going out to tell her to stop he ended up throwing her down the stairs. Rather than oblige him by dying she brought him to court and successfully sued for compensation. When she finally did die, the philosopher commented in Latin: Obit anus, abit onus (the old woman dies, the burden goes away).

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