Monthly Archives: January 2008

Nietzsche and violence?

I am working away at a book on Nietzsche, and was about to write a brief synopsis of his revaluation of all values project. He thinks there are genuine values, I think, but they are rooted in health, or the … Continue reading

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New Bush coins

Reminders like this are important, lest we forget just how outrageous our current government is.

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Decline of public intellectuals?

Interesting essay here. Jacoby claims that academics over the last generation have become increasingly isolated, and blogs are nothing more than private journals broadcast with a megaphone. (Also a bit shaming, as here I am blogging about it!) UPDATE: Here … Continue reading

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From Walt Whitman

“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not … Continue reading

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Saramago’s The Cave

My wife’s book club is reading The Cave by Jose Saramago. It sounded interesting, so I read it too. It takes place in some nondescript time and place, perhaps in the not-so-distant future. Most of the landscape is barren, except … Continue reading

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Aphorism #2

What we are seeking after, whether in philosophy, literature, poetry, or film, when we are not seeking merely information or entertainment, is something which causes us to say: “Now this is the real shit.”

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Vonnegutian philosophy

For whatever reason, over the last few weeks I’ve read some Vonnegut novels, including Breakfast of Champions, Timequake, and Hocus Pocus. When I read him years ago, I found him entertaining but somewhat shallow. Now I think he’s hilarious and … Continue reading

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