Elvis Costello: Poor Fractured Atlas

Consider it a companion piece to Dylan's License to Kill. Dylan's is more of a warning and condemnation, while Costello's is more of a lament. In "License," the narcissistic dominator (think Trump) mode of masculinity has now been attached to fearsome technology to threaten civilization, while in Atlas, society and civilization have moved away from patriarchy faster than men's genes and neuro-structure -- to say nothing of his self-image -- have been able to adapt, leaving men confused and prone to act out. What does a frustrated man do? He punches the wall . . . or worse.

Man made the water fall over the dam
To temper his tantrum with magic
Now you can't be sure of that tent of azure
Since he punched a hole in the fabric


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