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This anti-authoritarian sensibility also helps to show that Hove was engaging with larger forces through the existential despair of his subaltern subjects.
He does exactly the opposite of what Camus proposes humankind should do in order to survive in an absurd universe; instead of celebrating life in its everyday form, Marvin dwells in existential despair.
Throughout, his strategy is to find a place where conventional devices (lyrics of political and existential despair, aching melodies and his soaring vocals) can coexist with the ripples, eddies and offkilter dissonance of the disturbed digital sound pioneered by the likes of Aphex Twin.
In the song Going Fetal, E ponders what it would be like if his brand of existential despair ever produced an international dance craze.
It is Boring with a capital B, the kind of boredom that Heidegger talked about when he referred to the preface of deep, abysmal, existential despair.
Existential despair results from the trauma of leaving the uroboric world of the uterus, which parallels the preconception journey of leaving the spiritual world at the time of conception (Emerson, 1994).
During the turbulent '60s and early '70s--with an unjust war, political assassinations, and corruption in high office tearing at the fabric of real-life society--the moral confusion and existential despair of films like The Graduate and Carnal Knowledge, Midnight Cowboy and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
It also experienced the concomitant disadvantages of a dislocation of values, internecine warfare and random violence, political corruption and revolution, ethnic and racial tensions, new disease, and existential despair.
I think she felt something more like existential despair - which is what makes many artists tick.
The intensity of the play also has to do with the existential despair that the father's behavior engenders in the son, who slowly begins to realize the truth.