Decadent Romanticism: Nirvana’s “In Bloom.” What Happens to Romanticism If You Wait Long Enough

Euripides’ Bakkhai in a nutshell:

In this brilliant video, the seemingly controlled and establishment sanctioned unleashing of “happy eros” in the 1950s devolves into gender-bending and psychic (as well as physical) break down within a few decades.

This is “No Country for Old Men.”

And this is Dionysus, circa 70 CE, who will soon be crashing the Spring Festival at Pompeii with the volcanic eruption of Mt. Visuvius:

Kurt Colbain was, in the above video, a blondie-haired Dionysus under smiling cover—the bringer of eros and thanatos.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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