Day 9 – 2/24/11

Reading at St. Mark’s.  Really enjoying A Clockwork Orange.  The slang in the book is fun to read and easy to pick up.  I remember seeing the movie when I was a little kid at my dad’s house one night when everyone had gone to bed. All the best stuff was on way late, and he had all the good channels. I thought Alex was fascinating, probably because he was so bad and loved symphony. I don’t know what it was exactly, but his character always stood out after that first time I saw the movie. I remember  the Korova milk bar.  The bar serves milk laced with drugs.  Alex talks about some of ingredients you can have added to the milk.  In the slang of the book: “vellocet” is opiate, “synthemesc” is synthetic mescaline, and “drencrom” is adrenochrome, whatever that is.   By serving milk, the bar is able to serve “intoxicating libations” to minors. In the movie, the bar has furniture in the shape of naked women and the milk is served from their nipples.  They way they talk in the movie always sticks out in my brain. 

Here is the opening scene, they’re in the milk bar…

Beautiful cobalt blue bottles in the window of St. Mark’s, and squares of pearlescent glass over top (which did not turn out in the picture):

An interesting paragraph from the introduction to A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess:

“By definition, a human being is endowed with free will.  He can use this to choose between good and evil.  If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange – meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil or (since this is increasingly replacing both) the Almighty State.  It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.  The important thing is moral choice.  Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate.  Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.  This is what the television is news is all about.  Unfortunately there is so much original sin in us all that we find evil rather attractive.  To devastate is easier and more spectacular than to create.”