Sunday, December 19, 2010
Coded Language and The Brahms Violin Concerto
More on coded language in Poland: In the debate over the crosses at Auschwitz, right-wing publicists identified their political opponents and even some priests and bishops as "Jews," which came to be a code-word for anyone who advocated a culturally open, liberal, secular Poland. Not only can one have anti-Semitism in the absence of Jews, but one can have anti-Semitism that is not even about Jews!
What is the point of this post? Am I concerned with Heifetz or with Brahms? Or neither? Perhaps I am really communicating something about "Heifetz" but not Heifetz. Or maybe something about "Brahms" but not Brahms.
Am I fond of Heifetz or am I fond of "Heifetz?" Am I fond of Brahms or am I fond of "Brahms?" Now my being fond of "Brahms" would be a little freaky -- since I am a Wagnerian. Yes, I admit it, I am a "Jew" who is fond of Wagner.