Flowers: "We are pleased to welcome Carl Gustav Carus - doctor, natural scientist, philosopher, artist and author - a profoundly influential critic of the contemporary art scene. Dr. Carus would you kindly repeat your reaction upon seeing today's posting called Purple Haze."
Carus: "…climb up, then, to the summit of the mountain, gaze out over the long chain of hills… and with what emotion are you seized? -- you are filled with silent devotion, you lose yourself in boundless space, your whole being undergoes a quiet cleansing and purification, your ego-self vanishes, you are NOTHING."
Flowers: "Our listeners will be interested to know that you first published this observation in 1835 at the peak of German Romaticism. Do you think a deeply personal reaction like this has any relevance to our mass media driven contemporary world?"
Carus: "Ein problischt nicht!"
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Friday 7 June 1985