From a letter written by John Keats
to his brothers George and Thomas Keats,
dated Sunday, December 21, 1817.
"... Brown & Dilke walked with me & (sic) back from the Christmas pantomime. I had not a dispute but a disquisition with Dilke, on various subjects; several things dovetailed in my mind, & at once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement especially in Literature & which Shakespeare possessed so enormously -- I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason -- Coleridge, for instance, would let go by a fine isolated verisimilitude caught from the Penetralium of mystery, from being incapable of remaining content with half knowledge. This pursued through Volumes would perhaps take us no further than this, that with a great poet the sense of Beauty overcomes every other consideration, or rather obliterates all consideration..."
Selected Poems & Letters of Keats, edited by Robert Gittings,
Heinemann, London, 1966.
Keats is so punk rock!
The Urinals called their 2004 compilation "Negative Capability... Check It Out!" so... we checked it out.
Charcoal portrait of John Keats by Joseph Severn, c. 1816.
The Snark playlist for Tuesday, May 18, 2010.
The Fall -- MEXICO WAX SOLVENT -- Your Future, Our Clutter (2010, Domino)
Citywide Vacuum -- MUCH TOO JUNG -- Pact (2007, Eleven37)
Rent Boys Inc. -- LOOK UP -- Squeal For Joy (12" EP) (1983, Rent Boys Inc.)
Big Boss Man -- KELVIN STARDUST -- SoulShaker, Vol. 2 (2007, Phantom)
Devo -- PRAYING HANDS -- Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo (1978, Warner)
Planit & The Dirty Sample -- KING BALLOU -- Two Blue Apes (2010, Neferiu)
Mildred Bailey & Her Orchestra -- AND THE ANGELS SING -- From Avenue A To The Great White Way: Yiddish & American Popular Songs from 1914 to 1950 (2002, Columbia Legacy) [orig. 1939]
Sonar Kollektiv Orchester -- MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS -- Guaranteed Niceness (2008, Sonar Kollektiv)
Roxy Music -- PSALM -- Stranded (1973, Atco/Reprise)
Dry & Heavy -- MR. BLUEFLAME -- One Punch (1998, Beat Records)
The Urinals -- SURFIN' WITH THE SHAH -- Negative Capability... Check It Out! (2004, Warning Label) [orig. 1978, 7" vinyl, Happy Squid]
Ian King -- TAKE, O TAKE THOSE LIPS -- Panic Grass & Fever Few (2010, Fledg'ling)
The Wave Pictures -- KISS ME -- Instant Coffee Baby (2008, Moshi Moshi Records)
James White & The Blacks -- WHITE SAVAGES -- Off White (2004, ZE Records) [orig. 1979]
k.d. lang -- LOVE FOR SALE -- Recollection (2010, Nonesuch)
Porcelain Forehead -- GNAWIN' ON (NEUROTIC SONG) -- Frog Boy Lives (1985, No Exit)
Cougarettes -- ERRAAEL -- Milk Fangs (2010, Machette Records)
Caribou -- HANNIBAL -- Swim (2010, Merge)
Thanks for listening!
The Rent Boys and Porcelain Forehead vinyl belongs to Pat.