A Little Nietzsche For Kanye

One last Kanye thought for the morning, before I return to my work for the day.  From Nietzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra part II, section 3, comes his prescription in a nutshell for how to be a Beyonce or a Barack rather than a Kanye or a Wilson: if we learn better to experience joy, we [Read More...]

Kanye Disses Taylor Swift (On The Pusillanimity Of Joe Wilson And Kanye West Vs. The Magnanimity Of Beyonce Knowles And Barack Obama)

So last night, Kanye proved once and for all that he has no class through a single action which demonstrated an unbelievable lack of grace.  Taylor Swift looked so demoralized and her speech had been all about feelings of being surprised to be accepted by this particular voting bloc, when he insulted her by implying [Read More...]

Logicomix: The Graphic Novelization Of The Life Of Bertrand Russell

That illustration comes from Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth about Bertrand Russell’s real life philosophical adventures.  The Independent’s writes:  The subject of the newest comic-strip sensation, though, might still raise eyebrows: it’s the story of the quest for the foundation of mathematics, starring and narrated by Bertrand Russell, the British logician, philosopher, mathematician, reformer, pacifist, [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: God Is Dead (And The Kids In The Hall Are Alive Again)

In honor of the exciting news that the “Kids in the Hall” from Kids In The Hall, one of the gold standard comedies of my youth (and one of the earliest great HBO original shows, along with the wonderful Dream On) will be reuniting for a new 8-part comedy TV series, here is a clip [Read More...]

Nietzsche Source And Nietzsche Grid

Carlos Ruiz is working on an internet source that organizes references to Nietzsche on various topics to make his work more searchable.  I take it is something of an e-concordance he wants to design.  He’s calling it a “Nietzsche Grid” and is taking input on the project here. And, far more importantly, there is the [Read More...]

Character As Fate And Environment As Variability

In reply to this post from late last night in which I took a first pass at trying to sketch out my views on fate, George writes: Dan, Again I find myself thanking you for this blog. Good blogging is all for naught without good readers (and especially without good readers who contribute excellently and [Read More...]

On The Meaning Of Meaning

In reply to some remarks I made about the recognition of genuine meaning without reference to religion, George replied with this challenge: Dan, Now you have got me thinking…. I’m not entirely clear about your point of meaning in everyday events. My logic tells me that a completely statistically probable event happens and I impart [Read More...]

What Does Dexter Reveal About America?

Michael C. Hall discussed the European response to Dexter and how it differs from the American one. …people are fascinated.  And I think in some markets overseas, they’re interested in the show in that it’s an American show, interested in what it might say or might not say about American culture, so that’s an added [Read More...]

Turning Ease Into Virtue

Yglesias makes a dynamite observation about part of the reason leaders of social conservatives put so much energy into anti-gay crusades rather than any of a number of other matters of social concern (via Patrick Appel): Most of what “traditional values” asks of people is pretty hard. All the infidelity and divorce and premarital sex [Read More...]


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