Monday, 23 January 2012

Feeling an incredible longing for Carmen Miranda

In the 1930s, whenever he felt exhausted and drained from his classes at Cambridge, Ludwig Wittgenstein would go to the cinema with a friend or some student. Ray Monk tells us that he would always sit in the front row, where he could probably immerse himself more completely in the stream of images and sound, and he preferred either westerns or musicals starring the Portuguese-Brazilian Carmen Miranda.

Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Memoir, by Norman Malcolm (Oxford University Press, 1958)

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