‘In that day the root of Jesse, who stands for an ensign of the people, him the Gentiles shall beseech, and his sepulchre shall be glorious.’
Think on the very làmentable pain,
Think on the piteous cross of woeful Christ,
Think on His blood beat out at every vein,
Think on His precious heart carvèd in twain,
Think how for thy redemption all was wrought:
Let Him not lose what He so dear hath bought.
Above is Charles Ryder’s sketch of Sebastian Flyte being sick through the window of Charles’ first-floor rooms while being attended by angels, taken from the BBC production of Brideshead Revisited, which is now available on Netflix Instant, which means I’m going to have a devil of a time getting anything done for a while. How good is Brideshead? Even Christopher Hitchens liked it. I’m glad, really; it takes the sting out of Joe Eszterhas totally harshing my Surfing with Mel buzz. Hang it all anyway. I’m still going to finish my version, though. Fiction, after all, is news that stays, and I suspect that Mr. Eszterhas and I have different aims…
“Why have you lived? Why have you suffered? Is it all some huge, awful joke? We have to answer these questions somehow if we are to go on living – indeed, even if we are only to go on dying!” These are the questions Mahler said were posed in the first movement of his Symphony No. 2, questions that he promised would be answered in the finale.
–John Henken, Los Angeles Philharmonic, ‘About the Piece’
The full symphony is available on YouTube here, courtesy of the Netherlands’ Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Quin Finnegan has more on Mahler (and Percy!) here.
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