"and why are you so firmly and triumphantly certain that only what is normal and positive - in short, only well-being - is good for man ? is reason mistaken about what is good ? after all, perhaps prosperity isn't the only thing that pleases mankind, perhaps he is just as attracted to suffering .. whether it's a good thing or a bad thing, smashing things is also sometimes very pleasant. i am not here standing up for suffering, or for well-being either. i am standing out for my own caprices and for having them guaranteed when necessary."
~ fyodor dostoyevsky, notes from underground
i'm reading a fantastic book at the moment called hey ! nietzsche ! leave them kids alone !, which is all about alternative music's roots in 19th century romanticism. it name-drops some fabulous artists: the smiths and morrissey, bowie, siouxsie and the banshees, the cure, the birthday party .... you name it. apart from some passages gushing over my chemical romance, it's fabulous. i'm try to read several books at the moment, actually. i'm more than halfway through persepolis, only part of the way through haunted by chuck palahniuk and i'm struggling through the great gatsby too.