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Genius is Dead! Long Live Liberal Democracy.

July 28, 2014

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Like Nietzsche, I think a well-functioning liberal democracy is the nail in the coffin of genius. Unlike Nietzsche, however, I say good riddance.

La Grande Bellezza: Five Claims Worth Repeating

February 25, 2014

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When I first finished Albert Camus’s La Peste, I felt relief. Because it had been written, because it existed, there was nothing I really had to write. If I decided to never write a word again, I could point people to La Peste and all that needed to be done would be done. At the […]

In My Beginning Is My End: Sounding The Tongue.

February 17, 2014

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I finally figured out what I’m doing around here. By “here”, I mean this blog and, by extension, my other artistic droppings. Perhaps, by “figured out” I really mean “remembered.” I’m sounding the tongue. I’m not sure when I coined the phrase, but it was probably towards the end of my undergrad, when a friend […]

Remembering, Forgetting, and Irony: Thinking About Kundera

February 18, 2013

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According to his translators, Milan Kundera writes, “remembering is a form of forgetting.” Why? Remembering is always a reconstruction and, eventually, a construction. Remembering can’t reproduce an experience. At best, it refers to it. Eventually, remembering creates a wholly different experience, with almost no connection to the original experience. Kundera also sets immediate experience — […]

One Meaning of Christmas: If Redemption is the Hope, Why Are We So Conservative?

December 25, 2012

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I was thinking about Christmas, yesterday. It lead to a question I can’t easily answer. Maybe you can help. For me, the core meaning of Christmas is redemption. From a religious perspective, it’s the ritual that marks the beginning of humanity’s redemption. On this day, light was sent into a world of darkness to save […]

The Irrationality of More Rather Than Fewer Nanoseconds of Life and the Extinction of Our Species.

July 3, 2012

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On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero. This is also true of a species, including our own. Rationally speaking, it should make no difference to me whether or not I live one nanosecond longer because, once I am dead, my experience of that nanosecond dies with me. From this […]

Righting All Wrongs: There’s No Single Way To Do It.

May 21, 2012

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In the face of a wrong, shortcoming, failure, or problem, there really are only three plausible responses. Pretend the wrong doesn’t exist. Address it indirectly. Address it directly. While it’s tempting to claim that, in every instance of wrong, one should always and only respond in one way, in fact, any of the three responses […]