Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Garden of Earthly Delights

Letter from a friend: “You're not going to believe this. We went to Tang’s Garden since H was working late. The place was empty, at least so it seemed, and then I looked around a corner¾right under the hanging roast ducks were D and R. Apparently, they get together once a year on Labor Day at Tang's to discuss Freud or related topics.  Tonight was Tönnies's Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft (Community and Society). I had given a paper on the book in Freiberg back in the ‘80s, after the Eliade Festschrift thing in Bayreuth. I think D knew this, and she would have welcomed me with open arms if she weren't holding a duck drumstick and a copy of Bang the Drum Slowly in either hand. I'd brought my mitt, so I was able to field some questions, and afterwards we exchanged Weltaunschauung and the men shook their schlongs and we left. D asked about you and the family and I told her you'd been traveling, but would join us the next Zeit we got together, and then I finally said ‘Zay gezuntt’ and handed her a copy of Sein und Zeit.”

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