Turn on, tune in, drop out
Timothy Leary, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 1967.
The meaning of the phrase has been endlessly debated [indeed changed by Leary himself in later years?] but it leapt into my head after the Brazil post on Monday, [as arguably Sam has permanently ‘tuned out’] which was concerned somehow with trying to escape the contemporary ‘Rat-Race’ [artistically at least, totally at best] which is nothing less than a Capitalist Behemoth eager to swallow everything up. For some reason into my head popped the Krollsnork.
Everyone knows Maurice Sendak’s 1963 Where The Wild Things Are or the works of Dr. Seuss [some might even know the works of Edward Gorey] but sometimes it seems that ‘classic’ illustrated [ostensibly children’s] pieces can slip through the net? I picked up this fantastic fantastical book by Witold Generowicz many years ago from a bargain bin of all places and could never understand how/why it hadn’t become a hit? I am amazed that there is no flip through on YouTube, as the book consists of conjoined pages [like a concertina] rather than usual single book pages, which completely complements the story being told [you can chose to read so you can only see a part of the story or unfold the nearly 5 metres length to see the whole story in one frieze].
Though of course I mis-remembered the story, only remembering the ‘beastiness’, so completely forgetting how the tale ended [literally with the escape of the Krollsnork]. Fanciful and Romantic a thought, but perhaps Capitalism is a machine desperately trying to self-destruct itself like so many of Jean Tinguely’s sculptures, or like an Ouroboros perpetually attempting to swallow itself out of existence.