Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Terminal - as in airport terminal - as in waiting for an airplane. A late airplane. The flight to literary imagination? Terminals are exactly where the most ridiculous metaphors are born; the ones we laugh at and strike down and never make public. But then a blog must breathe, it is not a magazine, not something to be chiseled, perfected, edited in every minute detail. It is the thing writers hate showing to the world: a work in progress. Or, if a writer must show it to the world - it is only as an afterthought to the final perfected form. Yet I am not so much a writer of literature as a philosopher with some sense of literary style; ergo - I can excuse myself. I can write aphorisms.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Cosmic Albatross

The final installment of the Invasion from Aldebaran series (so called not because it features an invasion, but because the trio of short stories first appeared in a magazine thus named) is a study in contrasts and a reminder that while Mankind might free itself from the chains of gravity, it cannot relieve the boundaries of human nature.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Through the Cathode Tube

Copernicus has persuaded us to believe, contrary to all the senses, that the earth does not stand fast." -Nietzsche, The Prejudices of Philosophers 12

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Love in Romeo & Juliet

The Chorus suggests two images of love: romantic "star-crossed lovers" and tragic "death-mark'd love." In case we think that Shakespeare is hinting at a balanced view of love, the notes to the side of my Hundsness edition suggest I consider star-crossed lovers "doomed." Did Shakespeare?

A Fly in the Ointment

A fly that dies can spoil the perfumer's ointment - Ecclesiastes 9:18

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Women's Happiness on Women's Day

Related image Today is International Women's Day. we might as well make the best of it by celebrating a woman praised by von Mises as “one of the greatest men in America" - Ayn Rand.

But Will the Sun Set?

The characters in The Sun Also Rises are mostly pathetic, but we can no more blame Hemingway for doing a good job describing the lost generation than we can blame an entire generation for being lost - can we?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The god of Freud

"If experience should show - not to me, but to others after me, who think as I do - that we have been mistaken, we will give up our expectations."

Friday, March 3, 2017

What is Necessary

"It was considered a virtue," we read in The Old Man and the Sea, "not to talk unnecessarily at sea..." The same can be said about writing in literature. Nietzsche called it not showing all five fingers. Fine, but how many should we show?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

On Psychological Speculation in Literature

"I have done that," says my memory. "I cannot have done that," says my pride, and remains inexorable. Eventually - the memory yields."
- Nietzsche, Epigrams and Interludes #68 (Beyond Good & Evil)