“Aristotle had less of what we call the tragic sense of life than almost any philosopher who ever lived, There is never a hint in Aristotle that tragedy is true.”
A great year for fiction, a good year for non-fiction, a bad year for thinning my to-read list.
John Marston was one of the nastier Renaissance playwrights, and his lack of restraint eventually appears to have gotten him in so much trouble that he had to leave the stage altogether and enter the […]
What is the purpose of Shakespeare’s silly and cynical “tragedy’ Troilus and Cressida? It is ultimately a rejoinder to cynicism.
I try to make some sense out of some informal interviews with quantum physicists, and what their personalities and intuitions say about them. Platonists vs. idealists: who will win, and why are they on different sides?
Joseph McElroy’s novel about a brain in a vat on a spaceship attempts to use language to portray a situation that defies language. It works.
“Tao Lin has not described malaise at all, he has only kitschified it.” In a guest post, Thomas Bernhard reviews Tao Lin’s Taipei.