Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Free association Tuesday

The following images are connected in a very real and thematic way. Can you name it?


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(Wild guesses are encouraged.)

8 Comments:

Blogger Schmutz said...

Last time I refused to go first and no one went. Today I'll say: they all have to do with mighty pleasure domes.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Middle Kid said...

I think they all have to do with drugs -- more specifically, opiates. At least I know Thomas DeQuincey took opium (Confessions of an English Opium-Eater), Coleridge smoked a lot of opium even while writing Kubla Khan, and Trainspotting is all about heroin. I don't have anything for the other 2, though.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

MK is correct--the theme is British opiate abuse.

According to "Highgate Walks: A Local History Guide," the chemist in the first photo is where Samuel Taylor Coleridge obtained his laudanum.

Coleridge was under the influence of laudanum when he wrote Kublai Khan (referencing the second image). It would have been the best poem ever in the English language if Wordsworth hadn't popped by and killed S.T. Coleridge's buzz. Read the final stanza and weep.

The third photo is of a jewelry store that is, according to Time Out London, on the site of the chemists' where Thomas De Qunicey, author of "Confessions of an English Opium Eater" (image four).

The fifth image is the promo photo from "Trainspotting," a movie about Scottish smack junkies. Not an easy to watch film.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Middle Kid said...

WOOHOO! I think Schmutz (whoever he is) had it, too. That's probably what he meant by "might pleasure domes." Right, Schmutz?

7:50 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Of course. You're both right! (If you accept the notion that opium=pleasure.)

6:08 AM  
Anonymous pseudonymous in nc said...

if Wordsworth hadn't popped by and killed S.T. Coleridge's buzz

obPedant: it was a 'person on business from Porlock', not Wordsworth. And if you go to Grasmere, you can visit Dove Cottage and see STC's old (empty) laudanum bottles.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Speaking of buzzkills. All right, all right. My story's better, though.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Schmutz said...

Riiiiight.

1:19 PM  

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