a fool in the forest

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  • A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' the
        forest,
    A motley fool; a miserable world!
    As I do live by food, I met a fool
    Who laid him down and bask'd him
        in the sun,
    And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good
        terms,
    In good set terms and yet a motley
        fool.

    As You Like It,
    Act II, Scene 7

    L'homme y passe à travers des
        forêts de symboles
    Qui l'observent avec des regards
        familiers.

    Les Fleurs du Mal,
    “Correspondances”

    [T]here is almost no subject-matter, and what little one can disentangle is foolish....
    One would call the style verbose, except that by definition verbosity is the use of words in excess of the occasion, and there seems to be no occasion.

    Yvor Winters,
    Forms of Discovery, Ch. 7


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    Cowtown Pattie

    ...I imagine that record companies in the 60s realized that selling to a new market — one that saw itself as hip beyond the generic record sleeves then prevalent...

    Oh yeah, we were mucho hip.

    Still are. Heh.

    Rick

    I miss liner notes, but they've been a lost art since long before CDs came along. I tend to associate them with either serious folk records from Folkways or Vanguard explaining the significance of Dave van Ronk or with tripping out to Lamb Lies Down on Broadway while reading the notes.

    Eno was still doing Liner Notes in the 70s and his definition of Ambient Music might apply to the subject of liner notes as well.
    "Ambient Music must be able to accomodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting." Music for Airports liner notes .

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