January 09, 2005

What's on Lou's mind?

I was watching an interview with Lou Reed once, and he was saying how he loves New York and feels completely at home there. 'Now what really worries me is a place like Sweden.' he said.

Now what do you think he meant by that??


At January 10, 2005 2:16 AM , Blogger Kate said...

I postulate that he meant that New York's dark side is hanging out and acknowledged and you can keep an eye on it. Sweden's, on the other hand, they pretend its not there, alles gut, you know? no warning when they decide the rest of the world has to be destroyed.

At January 10, 2005 2:19 AM , Blogger Kate said...

whoops! I forgot that I am logged in as Kate! This is Tim~ And I drank all this wine and I should probably get off the internet right now.

At January 10, 2005 3:27 AM , Blogger Kate said...

this is the real kate, and since I don't "postulate" that comment was obviously not mine! Nice blog, Matt. I'm a regular fan.

At January 10, 2005 8:39 PM , Blogger fresca said...

I always thought of Sweden as this totally peaceful country, which just goes to show how much I know about history....
I am working on a book about the pope right now and was amazed to learn that Sweden had attacked Poland (and other places). Poland was rescued from Swedish aggression by the Virgin Mary in 1655 (I think?), so the story goes. So, I don't know...but I'm fond of postulating...maybe Lou Reed has a thing for Mary, like the pope does?

At January 11, 2005 9:41 AM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Hey Francesca! There was a time when Sweden ruled the world. At one time or another Finland, Norway, parts of Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia and the Baltic states have been Swedish. But those days are gone. Sweden hasn't been involved in a war in TWO CENTURIES.

At January 11, 2005 11:29 AM , Blogger Matt_J said...

By 'involved in a war' I mean attacking or being attacked, troops in battle, that kind of thing. Of course Sweden was involved in the world wars and the cold war, always with the official policy of neutrality.

At January 12, 2005 6:18 AM , Blogger fresca said...

Wow, two centuries...that's just a little less than the time the United States has existed, and look at all the wars we've been directly aggressively involved in.... Maybe our time for peace and neutrality is ahead of us.
Meanwhile poor Poland continued to get slaughtered.... Maybe they need a new saint.

Today I watched the PBS Frontline biography of Pope John Paul II and was amazed (so nice to be ignorant--I am constantly being amazed by things!) to see a film clip of Bob Dylan greeting the pope. Does that turn up in the biography of Dylan?

At January 12, 2005 9:11 AM , Blogger Matt_J said...

So far there have been lots of real characters in the autobiography, but no Popes. There was one cryptic mention of the Pope though-- apparently Bob's grandma told him that the Pope is the king of the Jews. I haven't been able to figure that one out yet-- any thoughts?

At January 13, 2005 4:27 PM , Blogger fresca said...

Whoah, that is really weird....
I wonder which pope she was referring to. Maybe if it was John XXIII who EVERYBODY loved, I could see it, but I'm afraid the popes have a rotten history of relations with the Jews.... (Though John Paul is trying to make amends for that--and perhaps for his own inaction during WWII).

I did, however, like what she said about being kind to everyone since everyone is having a hard time. That's right in line with the real "King of the Jews."

(As for being as nice to people as they are to themselves, that reminds me of the old saying, "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.")


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