throat to the stars; a collection of songs for the studies of ancient greek: for the sleepless nights, the epic heroes, the lovers of plato and followers of augustus; for the drinkers of whiskey and wine; for the initiates of dionysus and the pursuers of ancient frenzies; for languid days in a rowboat, for postcards from rome; for silencing the friend who could not hold his tongue.
it’s a very greek idea, and a very profound one. beauty is terror. whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before. and what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? to throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves? euripides speaks of the maenads: head thrown back, throat to the stars, “more like deer than human being.”
i. greek song; rufus wainwright | ii. the role of the hero in antiquity; commander venus | iii. lakefront property; austronautalis | iv. the lost art of keeping a secret; queens of the stone age | v. a good idea at the time; ok go | vi. devil’s spoke; laura marling | vii. between the bars; elliot smith | viii. j’ai deux amours; joséphine baker