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Be More Kind

Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:12 pm
by NickSouthampton
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.”

Re: Be More Kind

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:36 pm
by frank
Not specifically - it was directly inspired (taken from) Lecons de Tenebres by Clive James - http://www.clivejames.com/poetry/recent/lecons

Re: Be More Kind

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:54 pm
by NickSouthampton
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

Re: Be More Kind

Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:10 am
by NickSouthampton
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.

Re: Be More Kind

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

But then everyone knew that...

Re: Be More Kind

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:55 am
by marowak
for me Clive James always reminds me of new year reviews from the 80s and 90s ..

Re: Be More Kind

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:03 am
by hellbound
Same guy :) :D

Re: Be More Kind

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:53 pm
by frank
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.

Re: Be More Kind

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:51 pm
by hellbound
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...

Re: Be More Kind

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:05 pm
by frank
Haha it's all good. Just curious, and I had forgotten the James translation myself.

Re: Be More Kind

Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:00 pm
by Bossman66
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)?

Bossman

Re: Be More Kind

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:30 pm
by NickSouthampton
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).

Re: Be More Kind

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:01 pm
by NickSouthampton
Interview with Clive James in New Statesman this week.

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