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25 Feb

Let Freedom Ring?

For those of you theorists out there, who may want to give George Steiner a run for his money, check out his new book, My Unwritten Books. Here are two quotes from The New York Times Book Review:
“And yet, language goes only so far; after speculating about what sex must be like for the […]

17 Oct

Sufferin’ Succotash

I take for my text today two figures I was enamored of in my youth: Daffy Duck and Pippi Longstocking.
Daffy, because he was, well … Daffy.
But Pippi, who entered my life in pre-adolescence, was a more formative influence. I was titillated by the idea of living alone in a ramshackle house with a horse on […]

15 Jul

Wabi-sabi

Wabi-sabi - apart from being a wonderful word to say out loud - is a central concept in the Japanese aesthetic. It is described in one of the books I’ve consulted as “…a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” (Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers, 1994)
There’s a great deal to say […]

02 Jul

The New Deal as Compensatory Strategy

In The New Yorker of July 2, there is a review by John Updike of a book by Amity Shlaes, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression. The book, it seems, takes issue with usual histories of the Depression and of Roosevelt’s role in saving the country. From her Introduction, Updike quotes […]

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