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 . . .
“Astral Plane” starts at 2:28.
(To JS/07 M 378 This Marble Monument Is Erected by the State) He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be One against whom there was no official complaint, And all the reports on his conduct agree That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint, For in everything he… Continue reading “The Unknown Citizen” – W.H. Auden
It’s all I have to bring today— This, and my heart beside— This, and my heart, and all the fields— And all the meadows wide— Be sure you count—should I forget Some one the sum could tell— This, and my heart, and all the Bees Which in the Clover dwell.
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.”
Some notes and thoughts from a Typical Saturday: I spent the day making lesson plans and supplemental materials and wish lists of all the books I want to read but will take months to get to*, talking with good friends about the fixation that students (people?) have on Sadness these days, and shuffling between the new… Continue reading Easter Eve
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.”