Friday, October 12, 2007

Hello world.

Those of you that know me know I go by Aaron in nearly every sort of social situation. The moniker of Jack Frost that I'm using here is just something that I'm toying with and may soon be eliminated altogether, but for the time being will still be used. Besides, I kind of enjoy the semi-anonymity it provides.

The title Bethlehem Slouch comes from a very loose reinterpretation of the last line in W.B. Yeats' poem The Second Coming. I'm not much of a poetry afficianado, but if I had to pick a favorite poem it would probably be this one. Perhaps it's the dreadful imagery that I'm drawn too or maybe it's just the idea of a massive change coming that reflects my worldview. I don't know. I just like it. Here's the poem in it's entirety:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

c. 1920

The title of Bethlehem Slouch that I've decided to use has more to do with my general laziness and geographic location to the city of Bethlehem, PA than to anything written by Yeats. But I'm sticking with it.

I promise future posts won't be as boring, but I just wanted to set up what I'm trying to accomplish here. Mostly I'll just be musing about whatever new music I'm into, or what I thought of some recent film I watched. Hopefully this will give whoever chooses to read this an opinion that can be trusted for those sorts of things.

I've been wanting to set up a weblog for some time, but just never did. I found that it was time to get off my sorry ass and just do it, so this is the result. Enjoy.


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