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I posit that “Strangers When We Meet” is a pretty great and under-appreciated David Bowie song, particularly the version that appears on his album Outside.

Have a listen, by god.

LYRICS:

All my friends

Now seem so thin and frail

Slinky secrets

Hotter than the sun

No peachy prayers

No trendy rechauffe

I’m with you

So I can’t go on

———

All my violence

Raining tears upon the sheet

I’m bewildered/resentful

For we’re strangers when we meet

———

Blank screen TV

Preening ourselves in the snow

Forget my name

But I’m over you

Blended sunrise

And it’s a dying world

Humming Rheingold

We scavenge up our clothes

———

Cold tired fingers

Tapping out your memories

Halfway sadness

Dazzled by the new

Your embrace

Was all that I feared

That whirling room

We trade by vendu

———

Steely resolve

Is falling from me

My poor soul

All bruised passivity

All your regrets

Ride roughshod over me

I’m so glad

That we’re strangers when we meet

I’m so thankful

That we’re strangers when we meet

I’m in clover

For we’re strangers when we meet

Heel head over

And we’re strangers when we meet

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I don’t know what “Heroes” by David Bowie is about, and I’m too tired to read the Wikipedia explanation.

But what I hear in “Heroes” — one of my favorite songs of all time — is a guy crescendoing to a threshold, where he extends his middle finger to omnipotence, kings, gods, etc.

Big D

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  • Listen to Hans Zimmer‘s DARK KNIGHT RISES soundtrack here
  • Michael C. Moynihan: “There are two groups of people convinced that Marxism is on the verge of a triumphant return to the political scene: Marxists and Glenn Beck devotees. The former claims the capitalist economy is in the final stages of its inexorable march towards collapse, riven by ‘internal contradictions’ that will provoke the conditions necessary for the establishment of a new economic order. The latter, for reasons I don’t quite understand, seem to believe them.”
  • Ricky Sprague reviews the new Spider-Man film: “The villain of the film is Lizard Man. He was born without arms, so he uses his toes to buy vegetables and play guitar. He wants to grow arms for himself, so he injects his body with lizard fluid, derived from the sex organs of lizards (he was also born without a penis). He gets his arms to grow, and his leg, his third leg, but at what a cost! (He becomes a lizard himself!)”
  • “They were both known as notorious ladies’ men in their time, but a new book alleges Mick Jagger and David Bowie‘s steamiest sexcapades were between each other!
  • Yuval Levin: “In preparation for this week’s House vote to repeal Obamacare, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has an op-ed in today’s Washington Post heralding the wonderful effects the law has supposedly already had on American health care. The argument she makes is just stunningly dishonest, and is readily refuted by data and analysis that the administration itself has made available. It’s astonishing that the administration expects anyone to buy this stuff.”

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