Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Two quotes

First, Benjamin Franklin on giving up vegetarianism. All it took was the sight of a disembowled cod:
When the Fish were opened, I saw smaller Fish taken out of their Stomachs:--Then, thought I, if you eat one another, I don't see why we mayn't eat you.... So convenient a thing is it to be a reasonable Creature, since it enables one to find or make a Reason for every thing one has a mind to do.
Leave it to Franklin to see that in a dog-eat-dog (or fish-eat-fish) universe, we can find a reason to do anything we like. And now here's Garth Hudson, on giving up music:
You must, after the age of 33, continue to do a certain type of work, or else go into the shoe business: forget music or it'll turn into hatred, or else reiteration, redundancy, and in many cases death.
Hudson uttered those words in 1984, but they seem to anticipate Richard Manuel's suicide two years later. It's a forbidding, weirdly eloquent statement, especially coming from a 47-year-old who was more than a decade past his self-proclaimed expiration date. Franklin gave up vegetarianism. Hudson, luckily, didn't give up on music, and I don't think he's repeated himself yet.

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