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Flatland: A romance of many dimensions

Freely available from here, here, and other places besides. One of the better expositors can be found here: But finally, hearing some Flatlander spout nonsense about the two-dimensionality of the universe, A Square can contain himself no longer and proceeds to espouse the gospel of higher dimensions. For this he is imprisoned for life, because…

Why Study Philosophy?

This from The Atlantic. Philosophyphilosophy of economicsPhilosophy of EducationPhilosophy of historyPhilosophy of LanguagePhilosophy of mindphilosophy of religionPhilosophy of sciencephilosophy of social science

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Existentialism, semiotics, and iced tea

Going back to 1985, Roger Kimball reviews a collection of conversations with Walker Percy. Mr. Percy’s chief concern as a novelist is with ”the dislocation of man in the modern age,” with the sense of ennui and meaninglessness that has shadowed so many lives, even – or perhaps especially – in the midst of affluence.…

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The Rolfe-Symons Entanglement

A nice and recent piece on the Rolfe-Symons entanglement, a follow up to the last post. Symons Said; On the trail of a strange, elusive life in literature. Michael Dirda, The Weekly Standard, Vol. 18 No. 14 My quest for Symons A.J.A. Symons, that is began when, many years ago, I first read that strange novel Hadrian…

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Frederick Rolfe a.k.a. Baron Corvo

Given a papal change is underway, Rolf’s Hadrian the Seventh is as timely as ever, and in my view happens to be one of the top five novels of the 20th Century. Here is David Bradshaw’s reliable Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entry. Part and parcel of the Corvo legend is Symons’ classic biography of Corvo, Corvo brought to Symons’…

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Butterfly in the Typewriter

I want to give a plug to the superb biography on JK Toole written by Cory MacLauchlin. He brilliantly marshals the Toole story into a plausible and coherent whole given that much of what we know was severely modulated through Thelma Toole and who along with Robert Gottlieb tend to be cast (for different reasons) as the…