Thursday, March 27, 2008

I'll have some ...

... Hanami, Anyone?

"The Japanese tendency towards exquisitely refined sensibility in one direction and sadistic brutality in the other seems puzzling, but is hardly unique (are they even different directions?). One thinks of all those concentration camp officers with their precious string quartets, of fastidious AH and his dainty manners ..."

Somerset Maugham observed that human beings are not of piece. Blackguards can be capable of generosity and saints on occasion mean and vicious.

1 comment:

  1. A well-timed post; I'm listening to Wagner as I write this comment.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    "Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"