Sunday, October 7, 2007

Hass n Stevens

Recent APR article by Leisl Olson on Hass, Stevens, and Rilke makes me painfully aware of how little I know. Does beauty become terrifying if pushed beyond a certain tipping point? Is formlessness ugly? Is overly "formal," over-articulated beauty what causes us to wake from our trance and run for our lives? Is any of this relevant? Is this the same as asking whether Stevens is relevant? Is being relevant philosophically and musically that much better than being relevant musically? Is the neglect of philosophy a tacit vote for the ideology of the status quo? Yes yes yes yes --I don't know.