Waggish

Essays - Waggish

"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."

Kenneth Rexroth on Aristotle’s Poetics

“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.”

Feb, 26
A great year for fiction, a good year for non-fiction, a bad year for thinning my to-read list.

Books of the Year 2013

A great year for fiction, a good year for non-fiction, a bad year for thinning my to-read list.

Dec, 05

John Marston and Joshua Sylvester: Renaissance Rewriting

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 […]

Oct, 25
What is the purpose of Shakespeare's silly and cynical "tragedy' Troilus and Cressida? It is ultimately a rejoinder to cynicism.

Shakespeare’s Sick, Twisted Troilus and Cressida

What is the purpose of Shakespeare’s silly and cynical “tragedy’ Troilus and Cressida? It is ultimately a rejoinder to cynicism.

Sep, 18
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?

Quantum Interviews, Quantum Personalities

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?

Aug, 19
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.

Joseph McElroy’s Plus

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.

Jul, 20
Miklós Szentkuthy extemporizes on Casanova to create a book suspended between the intellectual realm and lived experience.

Miklós Szentkuthy’s Marginalia on Casanova

Miklós Szentkuthy extemporizes on Casanova to create a book suspended between the intellectual realm and lived experience.

May, 29

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