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Interzone / Nietzsche Translations
« on: March 20, 2008, 07:56:51 PM »

Are any of you familiar with Walter Kaufmann's translations of Nietzsche? I've heard both positive and negative comments on his behalf. For instance, some claim that he clears up misconstrued arguments against Nietzsche and tastefully explains the blunders of those who argue against him. A few even go as far to claim he is the premier scholar of Nietzsche. On the other hand, I've heard that he liberalizes Nietzsche's arguments into the despicable trash of today's multicultural and Christianized world--the very ideas that Nietzsche battled against.

I myself have not read Kaufmann's translation or enough of Nietzsche to form a strong opinion, but I can understand where each view comes from. If one were to look at the vast amount of positive reviews for "Basic Writings of Nietzsche" or "The Portable Nietzsche" on Amazon, one would observe the near unanimous opinion for Nietzsche. It would be easy to take an arbitrary approach and accept that Nietzsche is merely gaining respect, but perhaps it goes much deeper than that.

In the "scholarly world," it would not be overly-assumptive to say that the majority mentality rules for a liberal democracy. From your teachers in middle school to your professors in college; it is all the same. I believe that this ideology has been imprinted on any average "intelligent person." Therefore, the high demand for Kaufmann's translation may be due to its conformity to modern ideas.

But, to be completely honest,  I am no expert on Nietzsche,  philosophy, translations, or German. For all I know, Kaufmann's translations may really be the most accurate and clarified available. I'm simply a sophomore high school student who is somewhat interested in philosophy, but has no grounding or guidance in it.

What do you think?

Metal / Reign In Blood
« on: December 19, 2007, 07:17:40 PM »
Slayer has always been a band that I don't listen to as often as other classic bands, but one that I respect. I mostly listen to the first three albums as those appeal to me the most.

However, I'm beginning to foster dislike for Reign in Blood by Slayer. It seems to me that Slayer had lost some of their musicianship in the making of that album. The only good tracks in it, IMO, are Angel of Death and Raining Blood. The rest of the songs are merely speedfests with no artistic meaning or value.

Perhaps I'm missing the magic of the album, for I have a bad habit of doing that with classics. It could be because I am listening for the wrongs things. I didn't enjoy Ildjarn the first couple of listens and, after a few weeks of spins, it is now my favorite band. I admit that my opinion is not infallible.

Basically, I'm asking how you feel about it. I see that the review of it is missing from the Slayer review page, so I have no clue about the general consensus on this site.


Interzone / Recommend Classical Music
« on: December 08, 2007, 10:45:31 AM »

This is my first post here, so don't flame if this sort of thread is extremely common.

I'm fairly new to classical music and I'm not sure what to listen to.

By accident, I began listening to mostly Romantic-era composers and that seems to be the style I prefer. Tchaikovsky is my favorite right now from that era.

I like pieces that have atmosphere and feeling to them, pieces that tell a story or paint a picture. Usually, I like melancholic pieces, but I also enjoy loud, violent (for lack of better word) ones.

So recommend composers that are generally consistent with that style.

Thanks in advance.