Friday, November 7, 2014

" 27 " ~






Forever 27 Club

Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse



'Now he's gone and joined that stupid club. I told him not to join that stupid club.'
Wendy O' Connor
Kurt Cobain's mother *

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"Not a castaway or a waif, not a raftsman or a whale fisherman, Thoreau (1817-1862)
was a Harvard graduate, the son of a mildly successful pencil manufacturer
in Concord, Massachusetts, who, after floundering a bit, at the age of
twenty-seven"

27

 "built himself a ten-by-fifteen foot cabin of pine logs and
secondhand boards beside Walden Pond and lived there alone
for twenty-six months, raising much of his own food. 
This was not then a cliche, though twentieth-century back-to-the-landers 
have sometimes threatened to make it so.
Like George Orwell, the great English essayist, a hundred years later—
an Eton boy who chose an urban form of self-denial while
"down and out in Paris and London"— Thoreau was seeking
special insight from a stripped-down existence. Both men were radicals,
but Thoreau was after rapture, not social realism. Both were essayists
but Thoreau in his rash and roosterly optimism is quintessentially
American."

EDWARD HOAGLAND About H.D. Thoreau (1991)


* 27, 
A history of the 27 club
by Howard Sounes
Da Capo, 2014


3 comments:

Luster said...

Bob,

Quite interesting but it makes me glad my daughter turned 28 this year. I'll be long in the tooth when my boys clear that hurdle but I plan on being there with open arms.

stay tuned,
mike

Jonathan Chant said...

An eerie thing that 27 business. Orwell 's life was far too short as well. Good post.

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Mike,

Happy Birthday 28!

and Jonathan — "eerie" is just the half of the story — delve into what this tragic tale by all involved, does to everyone involved.

And it's interesting you mention Orwell! who, if you look into his archive for the name "Jacintha Buddicom," there will be revealed at close to the age of 27 for Orwell, a man who stood at six foot four inches, a most tragic tale.

all's well, Bob