Be More Kind

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Be More Kind

Post by NickSouthampton » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:12 pm

I was wondering if the title was inspired by Aldous Huxley. He was my favourite author as a teenager; I went though that teenage thing of reading every Huxley book that I could find in second hand shops.

I was pleasantly surprised one day to find he had summarised his work with the following words.

“It's a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research & study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other.”
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Re: Be More Kind

Post by frank » Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:36 pm

Not specifically - it was directly inspired (taken from) Lecons de Tenebres by Clive James - http://www.clivejames.com/poetry/recent/lecons
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Re: Be More Kind

Post by NickSouthampton » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:54 pm

Thank you for that.

I didn't know about this side of Clive until I heard a radio program about his poetry and songs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06nnnlc
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Re: Be More Kind

Post by NickSouthampton » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:10 am

I noticed another reference today.

I was reading Dylan's book "Chronicles: Volume One"

Someone asked him if he prayed for the world. He replied that he prayed to be more kind.

It’s like when you get a green car; suddenly you see green cars everywhere.
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Re: Be More Kind

Post by hellbound » Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:43 am

The Divine Comedy stole their band name from Clive james...

But then everyone knew that...

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Post by marowak » Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:55 am

for me Clive James always reminds me of new year reviews from the 80s and 90s ..
06 06.3 08.8
07 04.4 11.5 17.5 08.6 10.11
08 28.3 21.04 13.6 06.7 06.9
09 11.1 06.2 21.4 10.10 29.10
10 23.3 16.7 12.12
11 12.2 12.5 30.5 27.11
12 13.4 28.11 28.12x2
13 10.1 24.6 11.7 12.7
14 12.2 13.2 14.9 17.12
15 29.1 02.2 13.8 7.11
16 10.12 12.12

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Re: Be More Kind

Post by hellbound » Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:03 am

Same guy :) :D

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Re: Be More Kind

Post by frank » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:53 pm

hellbound wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:43 am
The Divine Comedy stole their band name from Clive james...

But then everyone knew that...
How so? I always presumed it was from.. the Divine Comedy.
Shows? All of em.

"He's like an Uncle, I like him but I don't want to listen to him all day."

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Re: Be More Kind

Post by hellbound » Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:51 pm

The little tag at the top? "talking utter nonsence since 2005"?

I appear to fall into that category with every post I write........

I was aware The divine Comedy took their name from Dante

I wasn't aware Clive james translated it long after Divine Comedy had started in the music industry....

I think I will only comment on posts that I have 100% researched in future........

Or stuff I actually know about...

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Re: Be More Kind

Post by frank » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:05 pm

Haha it's all good. Just curious, and I had forgotten the James translation myself.
Shows? All of em.

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Re: Be More Kind

Post by Bossman66 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:00 pm

Not really keeping up with the new album news.

May I ask if there will be a deluxe (extra tracks) version (apologies if it’s been covered already)?

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Re: Be More Kind

Post by NickSouthampton » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:30 pm

I found this the other day. Odd how once you are looking for kindness then you see it everywhere.

The Mower

The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found
A hedgehog jammed up against the blades,
Killed. It had been in the long grass.

I had seen it before, and even fed it, once.
Now I had mauled its unobtrusive world
Unmendably. Burial was no help:

Next morning I got up and it did not.
The first day after a death, the new absence
Is always the same; we should be careful

Of each other, we should be kind
While there is still time.

Philip Larkin, Collected Poems (Faber and Faber 1988).
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Re: Be More Kind

Post by NickSouthampton » Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:01 pm

Interview with Clive James in New Statesman this week.

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/20 ... live-james
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