Notes from the Library

Wed, 08 Oct 2014

Beauty ≠ truth | Aeon magazine

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

The Running Novelist

Wed, 17 Sep 2014

Life seems somewhat like a party that I was dropped into. At first I was shy and awkward and didn't know what the rules were. I was afraid of doing the wrong thing. It turned out that I was there to enjoy myself and I didn't know how to do that. Someone kind talked to me and made me laugh. I began to understand that actually I had to make up my own rules and then live by them. —Gillian Bennett

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Another memory floats by without warning: my mother and me, after a dip in the water. My teeth are chattering. My fingers are raisins. I want to rush toward my towel. But my mother tells me softly, "We don’t run to our towels; we walk. That moment distills her essence for me: a hint of old-fashioned formality—a proper woman should know how to carry herself—combined with an implicit imperative. Hold your head high, was what she was really telling me. Take your time. Soon it won’t be this cold. —Ruth Margalit

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014

Philosophers who work outside of academia | New APPS (part 1 of 3)

I can't see how they can be happy being part of the corporate machine. Only one of them has a first sector job. Their work might be fun but is that really enough to distract them from the soul-crushing reality of the meaninglessness of most corporate toil? Moreover, why are they willing to be so distracted?

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