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“As they drew nearer, the figure turned his head and showed them a long thin face with rather sunken cheeks, a tightly shut mouth, a sharp nose, and no beard. He was wearing a high, pointed hat like a steeple, with an enormously wide flat brim. The hair, if it could be called hair, which hung over his large ears was greeny-grey, and each lock was flat rather than round, so that they were like tiny reeds. … They now saw that he had very long legs and arms … The fingers of his hands were webbed like a frog’s, and so were his bare feet which dangled in the muddy water. He was dressed in earth-coloured clothes that hung loose about him.”
The Silver Chair, CS Lewis

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Radiohead: 01 and 10 | Puddlegum

The Dark Side of Oz of our time? Can’t believe I only just found it. Works eerily well already and I’m only up to Paranoid Android.
That said, Radiohead are one of those bands to whom we’re all too eager to attach a sort of mystical, metaphysical genius. Of course OK Computer - one of the most universally acclaimed albums ever - was actually conceived as a half-album, waiting to be made whole by being interspersed with its uneasy twin a decade later! Everybody else go home, Radiohead win at music!

Maybe this means we’ll get the other half of The King of Limbs someday. Perhaps it’ll come with a weekend supplement, complete with special comic strips and vapid celebrity profiles, and it will reveal that Thom Yorke knew the true depths of Rebekah Brooks’ lack of moral fibre years ago due to the Secret Society of Powerful British Gingers.

At any rate, perhaps part of the reason 01 & 10 works is not because there’s some grand design at work, but because we have listened to these songs so many times that they feel connected to everything - at least, that’s the way Radiohead can make you feel. They are, for better or worse, all-encompassing in ways very few other bands can claim to be.