The Germans like it “normal”. I never completely understood exactly the meaning of this phrase. One meaning is certainly that the “normal” social, ideological, and work attitude of individuals should not differ more than +/- 2% from the common. – in evolutionary terms Germans are highly adapted to their environment. Germans are rarely “Monkish”
Epitomizing artistic originality, candid eccentricity and indifference to conventional rules of performance, Thelonious Monk emerged in the 1940s to become one of the most important music innovators.
Regarded as one of the most enigmatic and unusual jazz composers, Monk, whose unique improvisational style, with rigorously structured and surreal and eccentric choices identified him as a hipster iconoclast. His themes, are among some of the most innovative and unsentimentally beautiful music in the history of jazz.
A Monkish attitude remains a multi-dimensional mystery for the “Normals” . I do not know if during the Paleolithic Monkishness was more common than today. Perhaps stone artifacts could give us some insight into this issue. For example, the bizarre Leaf points from Montaud and the very large Leafpoints type Volgu are Monkish. Stare shaped percoirs from the Badegoulian and Magdalenian (Fig.1) are Monkish. “Gigantolithic” tools (Fig. 2) , like the 14 cm long endscraper from La Madeleine with a strange minuscule working edge, “extreme” mesolithic Microliths (Fig.3) are Monkish also.
New Archeologies are Monkish, Non-Archaeological disciples discussing about Prehistory and last but not least the founders of Prehistory are/were Monkish , too
Have a nice Christmas and a happy new year!
Sincerely J.L. Katzman