Tom Waters 
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Re: “Paul McCartney fronts Nirvana

If my second-hand cocktail-party knowledge of literary theory is worth anything, the critic Harold Bloom has suggested that artists somehow deal with a threateningly strong influence by disguising it behind a less strong and therefore less threatening one. I submit that Paul McCartney was the true agonistic influence on Kurt Cobain, and John Lennon a less threatening and more superficial disguising influence.

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Posted by Tom Waters on 12/13/2012 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Cee-Lo v. John Lennon: To "religion" or not to "religion"

As far as I know, John Lennon was a real atheist and any attempt to paper that over is a distortion. On the other hand, Imagine doesn't say "wouldn't it be nice if everyone was an atheist like me?" It says "wouldn't it be nice if everyone forgot about rewards and punishments in another world and practiced love in the here and now, for its own sake?" Plenty of religious people, notably the Sufi poet Rabia, would agree with that.

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Posted by Tom Waters on 01/02/2012 at 11:57 AM

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