Archive for May, 2009

May 30, 2009

Candidate for prettiest phrase in English: “best of both worlds.”


Deep Thought: Updated

May 13, 2009

Why do we call an act “inhuman” when we really mean to say it is quintessentially human?

May 10, 2009


“Cuando no era santo, ni jesuita…”


It struck me recently that “Christ among the Doctors” is the New Testament episode I best understand.

Aconito II

Deep Thought

May 7, 2009

Who needs a panopticon when you have God?

Lovely Word Watch

May 6, 2009

atalaya; song; смерть

May 5, 2009

Trawling the OED website recently, I learned that, alongside such endearingly homey locutions as husking-bee, quilting-bee, raising-bee, and spelling-bee, we have contributed to the lexicon: lynching bee.

Nothing can sicken-charm quite like Americana.

May 5, 2009

I’ve just had a night-cap with my neighbor, a hirsute, twenty two year old, self-proclaimed Stalinist.

Tedious, of course. Everyone knows dialectical materialism only holds true for the history of shaving.

May 5, 2009

“Medvedenko: Why do you always wear black?

Masha: I’m in mourning for my life. I’m unhappy.”

~Anton Chekov, “The Seagull”

May 5, 2009

The other day, I’m minding my own business, reading my Barthes before class, when I come upon:

“…accomplissant le mot de Nietzsche: ‘Un homme labyrinthique ne cherche jamais la verité, mais uniquement son Ariadne.'”

I give up. K., Stendhal, and Nehamas were as much as I could manage.

In my defense I was lying in a hospital bed when thinking about Bar, and one could do worse than get a little Kantian when delirious.

On the record, then, though no doubt it was always already apparent to you (and, if we’re being honest for a moment, to me): this is an exercise in longing and hopeful and yes interested curation.

May 5, 2009

“When I seek another word for music, I always find only the word Venice.”

~F.W. Nietzsche, Ecce Homo