Just as Marcel Duchamp's mustached Mona Lisa has made it impossible for me ever to see the real Mona Lisa without distractingly wondering where the mustache is, and just as The Lone Ranger has made it for most people of my generation impossible to undistractedly
appreciate Gioachino Rossini's William Tell Overture, see Frederick Schauer, The Ontology of Censorship, in CENSORSHIP AND SILENCING: PRACTICES OF CULTURAL REGULATION 147, 147, 157 (Robert C.
But at last we could relish undistractedly
his pellucid line-drawing, his eloquent colouring actually off the piano-strings, his luscious pedalling and pearly melodic decoration.
The ordinary becomes the primary philosophical subject and humans must express "a willingness to think not about something other than what ordinary human beings think about, but rather to learn to think undistractedly
about things that ordinary human beings cannot help thinking about" (Cavell, 9).
As the Bard Festival showed, few composers other than Strauss have lived so undistractedly
through so many conflicting upheavals in musical style and conception, and at the same time remained so ostensibly unaffected by them.