TIL Soren Kierkegaard’s first publish work was a panned review of Hans Christian Andersen. It ignited a life-long feud between the two Danes. Andersen responded by caricaturing the existentialist in “The Galoshes of Fortune,” where Kierkegaard is portrayed as an annoying parrot who makes no sense.

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  1. I now must go write a hit Broadway musical about the untold Kierkegaard-HC Andersen rivalry. Starring John C. Reilly (Andersen) and Paul Giamatti (Kierkegaard).

    The moral of the story: sexual repression makes you weird.

  2. “The only human words that the parrot could say, and which at times sounded quite comical, were “Come now, *let us be human. Let us be human…*” All the rest of his chatter made as little sense as the twittering of the canary.”

    –The Galoshes of Fortune

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