In my younger days, I had an anthology of poems by Philip Larkin, and the albums and DVD videos of the Smiths and Morrissey. I nearly fell off my seat when I saw this article about them in the conservative City Journal.
They are both morose little-Englanders in their own way says the article. In my time, I have found moroseness an attractive trait.
But, my readings of late and my conservative/libertarian leanings have seen me drift away from Morrissey. He tried to promote animal rights in one of his video. Also, I didn't bring the Larkin poetry anthology to China - he didn't make the cut.
Still, there is something to be said for Morrissey and Larkin. Morrissey, despite differing so much from me, is an attractive figure. He has made interesting videos and songs. Some I can still sing by heart. Larkin famously said sex only “began,” famously, “between the end of the Chatterley ban / And the Beatles’ first LP.”
When I go home tonight, I may pull out the Smiths and Morrissey DVDs I have. I can find Larkin on the 'net, surely.