A work of juvenilia, really, but I am moving on to Stoner next. I haven’t read a great American novel in some time.
Since quitting social media, I’ve had all this time to read. Last week, I finished The Talented Mr Ripley. Patricia Highsmith writes very fine sentences, good paragraphs, but is not much for chapters. Nonetheless, her capacity to identify the micro-incentives, micro-disappointments, and micro-delusions which happen at a nearly imperceptible level in the human heart wasContinue reading “All This Time”
It often happens that a single ambient record overtakes my interest for a whole season. Presently, I cannot get enough of Roger Eno’s Voices (1985).
“It is not so much that modern men have ceased to believe in god as it is they have ceased to believe in transcendence. We still have gods, but they are immanent. They are here and now and nowhere else in history or in the future. Immanent gods require a culture of immanence, as well,Continue reading “New Worship”
“Social media has excited our political metabolisms and we burn through a new cause like a bag of chips. Most French cheeses last longer than modern political movements.” -From Love What Lasts (Winter, 2020)
Students: Mr. Gibbs, do you think the Church should have temporal power? Gibbs: Look, if you just want to hear me say something controversial, I am happy to do that. Student: Okay! Gibbs: Then I’ll do you one better. I think the Church should have spiritual power.
“The 20th century witnessed a bifurcation in art, where “high art” became increasingly esoteric and “low art” became increasingly sensual. Over the course of the 20th century, high art and low art engaged in a game of chicken, wherein each side dared the other to greater extreme. The weirder high art became, the more sensualContinue reading “Love What Lasts: On The Art Of The 20th Century”
I simply could not find one of the echo chambers which I had heard so much about.
“A man does not mind being blamed for his faults and being punished for them, and he patiently suffers for them, but he becomes impatient if he is required to give them up. -Goethe What does it mean for our faults to be “worth it”? How do faults slowly become our private lives? How doContinue reading “Proverbial, Episode 17: Not Even Jail”
If health insurance companies charge higher premiums for smokers, does it make sense to charge higher tuition for students with smart phones? I explore this question in a dialog for CiRCE.