Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s term for a society based on humility towards what can be known. It is the sort of utopian idea that causes one to reconsider one’s own mental processes rather than draw up a blueprint for how others ought to behave. He has also inspired me to read some Montaigne. Odd that I … More Epistemocracy
Short, as epics go. And one certainly feels something got lost in translation. But there’s a marvelous universality to it at the same time, and a quaint reflection of a world more enchanted and more innocent. And the way it ends bespeaks a kind of tragedy-of-time, a luminous lamentation, that reminds me of Beowulf. I … More Gilgamesh is Fascinating.
adjective 1. kind, especially to inferiors; gracious: a benignant sovereign. 2. exerting a good influence; beneficial: the benignant authority of the new president. 3. Pathology. benign. Definition: Dictionary.com Where I found it: The Orphic Hymn to Ares To lovely Venus [Kypris], and to Bacchus [Lyaios] yield, to Ceres [Deo] give the weapons of the field; Encourage peace, to gentle works inclin’d, and give abundance, with benignant mind.
The Sunrise Motel makes note of the same Film School Rejects article that I did, and pulls a good description of the puritanical urge to sieve any piece of art for wrongthink, “hermeneutics of suspicion”. I might go a step farther than this, and say that a great deal of criticism is done not for … More Hermeneutics of Suspicion and the Problem with Film Critics
From Dictionary.com: Dornick – a small stone that is easy to throw away. Polemology – the study of human conflict and war. Busticate – to break into pieces. Krummholz – a forest of trees on the timber line of a mountain. Demonym – a term for a people who live a particular place. Peculate – … More A Collection of Fun Words
Good post by Christian Mihai. The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. – Lorraine Hansberry Most people loathe solitude. Silence. The empty room. Nothing but their minds for company… But, to paraphrase John Steinbeck, all great and precious things are built in … More The War for Art is Fought Within You
So Party at the Last Tomorrow has had its moment. I got some good feedback on it, and I’m pleased that it picked up as much interest as it did. A Kindle Countdown deal suggested to me that I’m pricing these novellas too high. I’ve already dropped the price on The Devil Left Him to $3.99, I may … More An Update, Brief and Modest