“Terrible as he thought the whole business was, and repelled as he was by mindlessness in love, he could not keep the deep wave of sorrow from engulfing him as he looked at this really rather pretty woman sitting straight as a pole, holding her breasts, and staring in front of her out of hollow… Continue reading Relationship Advice from Toni Morrison
It is fair to say that our insights into the nature of music, . . . of the ways in which music comes to “possess” and affect our psyche, have not progressed decisively beyond Plato . . . Music [is] the elect companion of identity, the homecoming to that inside oneself which time has in… Continue reading “Any thinking about the forms of meaning must grapple with music . . .
To paraphrase early Wilco, we get to be people who find the time to write our minds the way we want them to read, people who want to be true. Should we accept the mission of becoming philosophers, we will be individuals who want to know what is true more than we want to feel… Continue reading “Critical thinking, we call it.”
We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars . . . everybody in their bones knows that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for… Continue reading “Now there are some things we all know, but we don’t take’m out an and look at’m very often.”
In fact, I have been so full of admiration for existence that I have hardly been able to enjoy it properly. As I was walking up to the church this morning, I passed that row of big oaks by the war memorial – if you remember them – and I thought of another morning, fall… Continue reading “I have been thinking about existence lately.
“Self-knowledge gives rise to right reverence of self and others.” – Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious, David Dark (p. 144)
– Patti Smith, M Train, p. 92.