Embrace your existential dread—A playlist compiled by Tymon Smith

Back once again with the JRB radio, in a moment when we’re all reminded that there’s nothing quite like the fog of a war to make boring middle-class problems seem very, very insignificant. 

Here for your temporarily distracted attention is a playlist filled with songs, and including a joke, about the very bad idea that is God, which while it’s certainly produced some excellent tunes over the millennia, has otherwise only served to make the world a much worse place. 

With plenty of evidence that in these increasing times of uncertainty, G-d is only increasing their majority in the global house of representatives, it’s a safe bet that the chances of things getting better are much slimmer than they’ve been in a while. 

So time to get back into bed with your secular bible of choice, embrace your existential dread; and of course enjoy the latest issue of the JRB—whose continued existence is proof of the best a small section of humanity has to offer. One can only hope that when the dust clears and the nutters take over, they’ll still be making some good old fashioned banging, songs of praise. 

  • Tymon Smith is a member of The JRB Editorial Advisory Panel, and a freelance journalist who writes about the arts and South African history. Previously the literary editor of the Sunday Times, he is the recipient of a silver Standard Banks Arts Journalist of the Year Award for feature writing. He was the head researcher for the interactive DVD Between Life and Death: Stories from John Vorster Square, and is working on a book about the Johannesburg police station.

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