"My mind," he said, "rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world"
Hence the cocaine. I cannot live without brain-work. What else is there to live for? Stand at the window here. Was ever such a dreary, dismal, unprofitable world? See how the yellow fog swirls down the street and drifts across the dun-coloured houses. What could be more hopelessly prosaic and material? What is the use of having powers, Doctor, when one has no field upon which to exert them? Crime is commonplace, existence is commonplace, and no qualities save those which are commonplace have any function upon earth.
Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Watson (The Sign of Four, 1890)
Here is probably the most identifiable passages I can find in the oeuvre of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. While perhaps not cocaine and a different vocation -I have my own vices and intellectual stimulants- the feeling still remains true.
Last weekend I headed out to see Celph Titled perform live for his last gig on his first Australian tour. As he so eloquently put it ‘I did not come here to play a fucking game’ and certainly he did not disappoint. With supporting acts of Brad Strut from Lyrical Commission, Tah Phrum Duh Bush and Blackastan it was a great start to what hopefully be a reoccurring visiting artist. It was grimy and gritty and the crowd loved it they lapped it up and yelled for more. There is only one thing really left to say. As much as a fan of the Rubix Cuban I am, please write a solo song. I listened to you rap 5 verses from different songs in the span of 20 minutes! Congratulations to Celph Titled on a great show and hopefully we will see him back again soon! Next artist seeing live Rakaa Iriscience from Dilated Peoples at the end of the month.