Franz Kafka: “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.”

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By Robert Crumb

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief.” – FRANZ KAFKA, Letter to Pollak, January 1904. Via Brain Pickings.

Illustration by Boris Pelcer

Illustration by Boris Pelcer

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Robert Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country (Full Album)

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Take a ride down memory lane and remember some blues, country and jazz recordings selected by Mr. Robert Crumb. A precious compilation!

Song list:

01. Memphis Jug Band – On The Road Again
02. Blind Willie Mctell – Dark Night Blues
03. Cannon’s Jug Stompers – Minglewood Blues
04. Skip James – Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues
05. Jaybird Coleman – I’m Gonna Cross The River Of Jordan ΓÇô Some O’ These Days
06. Charley Patton – High Water Everywhere
07. Frank Stokes – I Got Mine
08. Dock Boggs – Sugar Baby
09. Shelor Family – Big Bend Gal
10. Hayes Shepherd – The Peddler And His Wife
11. Crockett’s Kentucky Mountaineers – Little Rabbit
12. Burnett & Rutherford – All Night Long Blues
13. East Texas Serenaders – Mineola Rag
14. Weems String Band – Greenback Dollar
15. Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra – Kater Street Rag
16. King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band – Sobbin’ Blues
17. Parham-Pickett Apollo Syncopaters – Mojo Strut
18. Frankie Franko And His Louisianians – Somebody Stole My Gal
19. Clarence Williams’ Blue Five – Wild Cat Blues
20. Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers – Kansas City Stomps
21. Jimmy Noone – King Joe

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