You can call me obsessed with Apollo Brown lately.
Anyway. This track Life is a Wheel always reminds me of Ignatius in A Confederacy of Dunces who hilariously keeps on whining about his fate.
Ignatius’ favorite book is The Consolation of Philosophy by Roman philosopher Boethius. This is the lens through which Ignatius views the world and tries to deal with the obstacles that life puts on his way, be it unacceptable movies or ‘offenses committed to canvas’.
One of Ignatius’ core beliefs derived from The Consolation of Philosophy is Fortuna, a blind goddess who spins each person into either an upward or downward cycle. Naturally, fate is cruel with Ignatius and he more often finds himself spinning the wrong way.
“So we see that even when Fortuna spins us downward, the wheel sometimes halts for a moment and we find ourselves in a good, small cycle within a larger bad cycle. The universe, of course, is based upon the principle of the circle within the circle. At the moment, I am in an inner circle. Of course, smaller circles within this circle are also possible.”
“Oh, Fortuna, blind, heedless goddess, I am strapped to your wheel,’ Ignatius belched, ‘Do not crush me beneath your spokes. Raise me on high, divinity.”
― John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces