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endings

a meeting by the river (christopher isherwood) tales of the city by armistead maupin  the restaurant at the end of the universe by douglas adams  plato’s phaedo  neil gaiman’s stardust book 1 of thucydides’ history of the peloponnesian war dan … Continue reading

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Borges on writers creating their own precursors

“If I am not mistaken, the heterogeneous pieces I have enumerated resemble Kafka; if I am not mistaken, not all of them resemble each other. The second fact is the more significant. In each of these texts we find Kafka’s … Continue reading

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Ethics Man

Going for a consistent set of principles seems to be┬áreally about: “Scientifically” imagining scenarios where we are clear about┬áright and wrong courses of action, for example torturing an innocent person is wrong, giving a meal to a starving person is … Continue reading

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Tellus, issue 5

Another of Ailsa Hunt’s excellent series of pamphlets publishing poetry about or inspired by the classical world. This contains some gems, in particular an excerpt from Timothy Chappell’s verbally-powerful translation of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon (“and so the house receives back its … Continue reading

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Tragedy and Comedy

Comedy comes from surprise, either from the breaking of a (moral) rule (e.g. a taboo) or from something unexpected (“boo!”) (or both – man-falling-on-banana-skin is unexpected and makes us laugh, naughtily, from the suffering of another). And in Tragedy the … Continue reading

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Have we missed something?

Marx’s revolution? The proletariat are gliding through glass malls, tapping wirelessly-connected little glass screens. Workers swarm over stately homes, supping National Trust tea, while the rump of an aristocracy skulk in the cottage on the edge of the estate. Orwell’s … Continue reading

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The Empty Church

Church has been likened to sport, concerts, or anywhere else where people gather, face the same direction, and share the same experience. But what’s the difference about church? It’s that at football people watch the football, and at a concert … Continue reading

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