Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Random Allusions

Via Henry to Matthew Yglesias to the John Gray review of Tom Friedman's book, this quote from the Commmunist Manifesto:
All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with his sober senses his real conditions of life and his relations with his kind.
Which reminds me of Prospero in Act IV Scene I of The Tempest:
These are actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
Perhaps this isn't really an allusion, maybe others use the verb "to melt" in relationship to the air? Yet I find it so bizarre to imagine Marx & Engels reading Shakespeare, and reading it well enough to allude to it later in life, given how...how... flat a view of culture Marx & Engels had and how they seem to come from a place where you would certainly have more pressing and darker concerns than Shakespeare. But there it is.

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