By Jon Cogburn
- Saturday (August 15th) Linkorama. A monotonous and unvarying order was established in my whole economy. Everything unable to move stood in its appointed place, and everything that moved went its calculated course: my clock, my servant, and I, myself, who with measured pace walked up and down the floor. Although I had convinced myself that there is no repetition, it nevertheless is always certain and that by being inflexible and also by dulling one’s powers of observation a person can achieve a sameness that has a far more anesthetic power than the most whimsical amusements and that, like a magical formulary, in the course of time also become more and more powerful.
- Heinlein’s libertarian philosophy was not in line with his personal life. Helen De Cruz points out how living on the government's dime made it possible for Robert Heinlein to write books about how bad it is that people live on the government's dime. Is there a connection between certain forms of hypocrisy and producing painfully didactic art? One could easily tell a kind of Freudian story about this, for whatever that might be worth. Alternatively, might it be the case that certain forms of non-hypocrisy makes for better didactic art, such as the song at right?
- Acetone's Addendum. Jon Cogburn's wife Emily would like for him to note that there's no reason for him to have killed the cat in the last bit. And what's going on with a shirt made of teeth? If the world really goes out with a whimper, it will no doubt be in no small part be due to our unforgivable laziness with metaphors.
- Cartesian Doubt, Enjoyable Pain, and Conceptual Threads. Tristan Haze meditates on family resemblances and the enjoyment of pain.
- Does Art Trump Moral Values. J. Edward Hackett enters the (im)moralism fray. A Schelerian understanding of art's purpose suggests moralism.
- #Inclusiveness. James Rocha, for one, welcomes our new hashtag overlords.
- Our Morally-Aesthetic Non-Relational Relation with Morally Disappointing Celebrities. Dangit! I used to be a big fan of James Rocha's. . .
- Philosophers who write science fiction or fantasy part 5 Julian Friedland. Helen De Cruz interviews Julian Friedland about his new novel American Steam (which I'm very much enjoying now). I’ve also written almost the entire book in the present tense, which I found to be quite a challenge. There’s a reason most novels aren’t written this way—it’s hard to pull off. But if done well, it can carry the reader into a zen-like state of mindfulness. Some readers have compared the style to Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which is also in the present tense. Both books have an almost hyperreal feeling to them in which the mundane details of every moment are described. But those details come together to form a compelling experience or picture of reality.
- Modernism as an inclosure paradox? Wasteland versus Prufrock paradoxicality. Jon Cogburn bids that we do not ask "What is it?" Let us go and make our visit.
- Climbing Walls. Duncan Richter ponders the weirdness of how even a lifer in the edumucation biz can feel so epistemically bereft when trying to help offspring chose a good college. Swoosh! Went the fan.
- Philosophers’ Carnival #178. Tristan Haze links to the thunder. Jerusalem Athens Alexandria // Vienna London // Unreal.
- Reflections on Jenkins’s Second Section of “What is Love?...” J. Edward Hackett determines that love is none of these things:
- a second hand emotion,
- a drug,
- a river that circles the earth,
- what you want it to be,
- a bourgeois construct,
- an entomologist,
- your name,
- not over,
- in the air,
- a thousand times,
- like a flower,
- a wave,
- not enough,
- a song.
- Good Hair Hour Weekend #2: Dreaming. Tris and
Eric* Tony B take a break from afternoon mud rinding and drive their pickup truck full of dialectical whoopass straight into the Phil Percs parking lot.
*See comments #1 and 2 below.]