The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

Straight into the Sun

Quite possibly no one has ever drawn a winged Walter Freeman before. If Kafka was a jackdaw, he was a bird of prey -- a hawk or an owl. This quote is taken from Kafka's "Letter to My Father," which he never actually sent to his father, and in which he accuses the father of making him even more anxious and incapable of dealing with the world than he freely admits he probably would have been anyway. It's hard to know what to make of this letter. Is Kafka right about his father's effect on him? Even if he is, would it have been possible to raise little Franz in a way that didn't damage his tender psyche? Or was he like a piece of overripe fruit that one can't handle even gently without bruising?

In this letter Franz not only speaks of his desire to crawl into the sun, he evokes the image of the father "trampl[ing] me underfoot so that nothing was left of me" and tells him that "it was you who pushed me down into this filth"; he compares himself to "the worm that, when a foot treads on its tail end, breaks loose with its front part and drags itself aside." All of this sounds familiar, doesn't it?

But Walter doesn't care a fig for all this theorizing, what that guy needs is an icepick in both eyes, and quick.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention something I always think of when I think of Franz Kafka, the episode of underappreciated cartoon Home Movies in which the teenage musician Dwayne writes a rock opera about Kafka. So all the time I've been doing this very serious reading, I've been thinking of the music from that episode:

Franz! Franz Kafka!
Be careful if you get him pissed!
Franz! Franz Kafka!
He'll smite you with metaphor fists!
Writin' all he can,
He's just a man --
A warrior of words taking a sta-aaa-and --
He is Franz Kafka!
Tags: franz kafka, stix, walter freeman
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