Anyone who will jump a VW campervan over nothing is a god among men, of course. Jumping a campervan over something substantial, like the Grand Canyon or a Massachusetts pothole in February, would be daring, but jumping a campervan over absolutely nothing takes more than daring. It requires Also Sprach Zarathustra, and a GoPro camera.Also Sprach Zarathustra makes any mundane thing into a font of wonderment, or a want of fundament, or some other fancy-sounding term for whoopee! Let’s face it. Nietzsche is unreadable, but he slapped Also Sprach Zarathustra on one of his book covers, and all of a sudden he’s passing Jackie Collins on the New York Times Best Seller list. You can’t even hear Also Sprach Zarathustra while you’re reading the book, but just the mention of it revs up the action. If God is dead, then I bet someone ran him over in a VW campervan while blaring Also Sprach Zarathustra from the radio on the dash.
It’s a little-known fact (only I know it) that 2001: A Space Odyssey was originally titled The Three Stooges and Monkeys in Space, but Kubrick put Also Sprach Zarathustra on the soundtrack, and the studio cut out all the scenes with the Stooges and put in some sort of computer that’s a thinly veiled homage to Shemp. It only works because, you guessed it, Also Sprach Zarathustra is the soundtrack.