The agreeable eye

an eudæmonistarchives

More specifically concerning: heidegger

ennui ensues

6 January 2016, around 5.02.

Sunshine, from The Illustrated London News (1865) Peter Toohey’s Boredom: A Lively History is a competent bit of work, hitting the key surface points of the topic, from Aristotle to Heidegger, with an obligatory early twenty-first-century excursus on neuroscience. It is, as the acknowledgements give away, a commissioned book – an editor’s idea of something […]

wellspring

9 November 2016, around 18.41.

Meaning and mediocrity.

pseudaphoristica (19)

1 February 2017, around 6.58.

weasels.

acted upon

24 September 2017, around 6.23.

Engraving from Ferrante Imperato’s Dell’ historia naturale (1599)1 What undermines and then kills political communities is loss of power and final impotence; and power cannot be stored up and kept in reserve for emergencies, like the instruments of violence, but exists only in its actualization. When power is not actualized, it passes away, and history […]

upbuilding and edification

10 January 2018, around 5.57.

Kierkegaard and Heidegger learn to swim.

a portrait

16 December 2019, around 13.32.

The difficulty of monthly meetings to discuss ‘The Portrait of a Lady’.

the cruelest way

28 December 2019, around 15.49.

On travel writing and leaving things behind.

lying-before-us

10 January 2020, around 8.57.

William Orpen, ‘Group associated with the New English Art Club’ What is truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer. —Francis Bacon, ‘Of Truth’ There was an odd passage in a woodworking memoir I read because I was taking the long way ’round in trying to think about craftsmanship. The woodworker had […]

untold runes

1 June 2021, around 14.05.

The conversion of nothing into something is the task of criticism. Literature is the storehouse of these rescued somethings. In discussing literature one has to use, unfortunately, the same language that one uses in discussing experience. But even so, literature is preferable to experience, since it is for the most part the closest one can […]

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