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October 23, 2007

LYB

In searching for the origins for the little yellow book with no back cover (LYB), I received a letter written to Stefan Bucher's grandfather from Dr. Rudolph Schmidt, the Austrian psychologist that wrote an essay on the fragment "Addiction is the Triumph of Rhythm Over Life" (1885, attributed to the LYB). It is unclear which book Schmidt is referring too, but possibly suggests that Schmidt was in fact the author of the LYB. The letter reads:


Dear Reinhold,

Thank you for your kind words. I am sorry to hear that you must often hide from your classmates, but I applaud your choice of the school library as your primary refuge. As you go through life, you may find, as I have, that the love of books will oft lead you into trouble with your fellow man, yet offer an escape from it as well. Still, I am gratified that you found my book during one of your afternoons in hiding, and that it offered you solace.

Indeed, as you have already experienced, inspiration is not a gift, but a task.
It is this that many people fail to understand. When the divine spark touches them
they do not realize that it is upon them to nurture it into a fire that is strong enough
to burn on its own. All they see is a spark. As soon as it comes it is gone again.

You already know to see each spark as the fire it can be. I can also tell
that you feel the small pain of a spark that fails to ignite---be it
because you had no strength to fan it, or because of the chance gusts
of wind life sends to help or hinder our endeavors. I wish I could offer
something to lift your spirit, but all I can say is this: All of us that are blessed
with frequent inspiration know the joy and pain inherent.
This will not change. And yet, you are not alone.

I wish you great strength and fortune always.
Sincerely yours in friendship,

Dr. Rudolph Schmidt


P.S. Than you also for including your amusing drawings.
You are very observant in your detailed study of men’s haircuts.
Always keep drawing. It will keep your eyes open.

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Comments (13)

Was Dr. Schmidt aware that Dumbledore is gay?

Posted by: Greg at October 23, 2007 11:51 AM

Wait, what is the LYB? I hope I don't sound like a literature n00b or something.. Thanks, Brian

Posted by: Brian at October 23, 2007 12:45 PM

very inspiring. I wouldn't be surprised if he at least contributed to the LYB

Posted by: Will at October 23, 2007 1:09 PM

Hey Brian -- Check this out --
http://www.zefrank.com/theshow/archives/2007/01/012907.html
The little yellow book, with no back cover

Posted by: Tytycoon at October 23, 2007 3:43 PM

Borges-inspired?

Posted by: Sean at October 23, 2007 5:28 PM

glorious nonsense.

Posted by: girl at October 23, 2007 6:15 PM

Hmmm, The LYB it's an interesting task, do you think the sports racers would be up to it?

Posted by: whytheam at October 23, 2007 10:46 PM

LYB?
"Addiction is the Triumph of Rhythm Over Life"?
Rudolph Scmidt?...

Posted by: popovich at October 24, 2007 3:33 AM

pages have been spread throughout the world and perhas, time to protect its content. finding them sounds like a

Posted by: project at October 24, 2007 1:14 PM

this could place serious doubt on the theory that the LYB was derived from a classical greek text translating a much earlier, lost linear a text from the island of thera. what is known about dr schmidt? did he have a background in classics studies at all? and (this is key) did he have a moustache?

Posted by: ergo at October 24, 2007 3:19 PM

"Indeed, as you have already experienced, inspiration is not a gift, but a task. It is this that many people fail to understand. When the divine spark touches them they do not realize that it is upon them to nurture it into a fire that is strong enough to burn on its own. All they see is a spark. As soon as it comes it is gone again."

Dr. Rudolph Schmidt's theories on addiction are often cited but not always properly referenced in modern day studies of brain crack.

Posted by: Efemmeral at October 24, 2007 4:07 PM

Too bad it took me until the last month of senior year to realize that there was nothing stopping me from spending lunch period in the library. I only found The Bell Jar...no little-yellow-book-with-no-back-cover in sight. But then again, it was a new school, so the library was a little short on legendary guides to awesomeness.
Inspiration IS a task. That comforts me. Too bad I'm still hooked on the brain crack.

Posted by: Diana B. at October 24, 2007 11:07 PM

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