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Kind of Cthulhu

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THE DROP



Cthulhu and Miles Davis’ "Kind of Blue" are more similar than you think. Don’t believe me? Here is the first paragraph describing Davis’ 1959 masterpiece pulled directly from his website:

"Kind of Blue is arguably Miles’ greatest hit, the one album with which he is most associated. It is still one of the most popular jazz albums of all time, outselling most contemporary recordings and prized as a harbinger of modal jazz and revered as a paradigm of improvisation over reduced harmony—creating a perfect balance of sound and space. Outside the jazz realm, it is consistently chosen by music historians and critics as one of the best albums of all time, alongside evergreen classics by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and others."

Now read this:

"Cthulhu is arguably H.P. Lovecraft’s greatest creation, the one entity with which he is most associated. It is still one of the most popular horror creatures of all time, becoming more renowned than most contemporary monsters and prized as a harbinger of cosmic horror and revered as a paradigm of unfathomable entities that will bring the end of everything—creating a perfect balance of fear and awe. Outside the horror literature realm, it is consistently chosen by artists and creatives as one of the best fan art subjects of all time, alongside evergreen classics by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh and others."

See? Cthulhu has grown larger and more culturally important than its extremely problematic creator and has become a symbol that instantly unites us in fear and fascination. Just as Lovecraft himself always says:

"The Thing cannot be described - there is no language for such abysms of shrieking and immemorial lunacy, such eldritch contradictions of all matter, force, and cosmic order."

Just like "Kind of Blue"... right? - jrdsctt

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