Children’s Crusade quote of the day

Plus Gogol topsy-turvy.

Trebots @ Sunday September 27th 2015 19:29

Shoe or foot fetishism in a 17th century Amsterdam brothel: Le putanisme d'Amsterdam / 't Amsterdamsch hoerdom (Amsterdam whoredom, 1681). Image: Google Books. More pics.

Kraus < IRQ: There is no more unfortunate creature under the sun than a fetishist who yearns for a woman's shoe and has to settle for the whole woman.

It's probably time for an update of Gogol's Diary/Memoirs of a madman: the protagonist thinks he's safely in a loonybin, not recognising Barcelona.

Another Kraus favourite: What is the Ninth Symphony compared to a Tin Pan Alley hit played on a hurdy-gurdy and a memory?

Curiously it appears elsewhere but not on his German Wikiquote page: Was ist die Neunte Symphonie neben einem Gassenhauer, den ein Leierkasten und eine Erinnerung spielen!

There's no doubt, however, that the reference is actually to a Drehorgel/barrel organ.

  • Beethoven (1)
  • Diary of a Madman (short story) (2) "Diary of a Madman" (1835; Russian: Записки сумасшедшего, Zapiski sumasshedshevo) is a farcical short story by Nikolai Gogol. Along with "The Overcoat" and "The Nose", "Diary of a Madman" is considered to be one of Gogol's greatest short stories.
  • Karl Kraus (writer) (1) Karl Kraus (April 28, 1874 – June 12, 1936) was an Austrian writer and journalist, known as a satirist, essayist, aphorist, playwright and poet. He directed his satire at the press, German culture, and German and Austrian politics.
  • Nikolai Gogol (2) Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (/ˈɡoʊɡəl, -ɡɔːl/; Russian: Никола́й Васи́льевич Го́голь, tr. Nikolay Vasilievich Gogol; IPA: [nʲɪkɐˈlaj vɐˈsʲilʲjɪvʲɪtɕ ˈgogəlʲ]; 31 March [O.S. 19 March] 1809 – 4 March [O.S. 21 February] 1852) was a Russian dramatist, novelist and short story writer of Ukrainian ethnicity.
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