Monthly Archives: September 2008

“You always run away from trouble in a butcher shop.”

From “Butcher,” Tom Chiarella, Esquire, September 2008: One morning, tossing trim onto the tray, he turned on the grinder and said: “Look, the rule is, if you feel anything tug, anything at all, you hit the button and run.” He … Continue reading

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Helping Jerry with his trailer

We finished the supportive substructure, installed the milking machines on the roof, and tuned the sensitive measuring devices on the front. The circular harmonizers on the side were my idea. Lots of work yet to do, but lots of shiny … Continue reading

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Nz on Xianity

Nietzsche’s most sustained account of the west’s great death-traditions is in one of his last works, aptly titled The Anti-Christ. The work offers a relatively detailed Nietzschean account of Jesus’s own psychology, and how his teachings were transformed into a … Continue reading

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Nietzsche’s values

I just wrote this this morning, and am hoping to get some feedback on it. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory: This distinction, between the life-affirming and the life-denying, is the basis for Nietzsche’s revaluation of values. To get a sense … Continue reading

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Kolakowski, Why is there something rather than nothing?

I recently read this great little book by Leszak Kolakowski. He is one of my favorite contemporary philosophers: he’s amazingly learned, and he takes a bemused, skeptical stance toward the human ability to plumb The Great Deep, while at the … Continue reading

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Climbing the Wellsvilles with Felix and Sammy

A steep climb, but we made unbelievably good time. The Wellsvilles are among the steepest mountains of the world, given their relatively small base.

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Garfield minus Garfield scores again!

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