Marginalia, no.303

[P]eople who claimed they were bitten by the tarantula exhibited an array of troubling symptoms: delusions…, listlessness, jumpiness, twitchiness, giddiness, lethargy, unusual and excessive thirst for wine. Afflicted women ran around exposing themselves. Men experienced unrelenting erections. They could be cured only by certain kinds of up-tempo songs, “tarantellas,” to which they responded involuntarily in the form of a frenetic dance.

~ John Glassie, A Man of Misconceptions

Proof, if any were needed, that rock and roll was no twentieth-century invention but has been thrusting its pelvis suggestively since at least the middle 1600s.

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