"Beer me!"

"Even as on an immense, raging sea, assailed by huge wave crests, a man sits in a little rowboat trusting his frail craft, so, amidst the furious torments of this world, the individual sits tranquilly, supported by the principium individuationis [principle of individuation] and relying on it."-Schopenhauer I realize it's more than a little ridiculous…

Mini-Milestones and Bay Adventures

It's all so familiar and clear,My eye's accustomed to every turn; I'm not mistaken- I'm at home;The wallpaper flowers, the chains of books...-Valery Briusov ("At Home"; in the photograph to the left, that is indeed Briusov, posing underneath his desk...In case you're wondering why, it's best not to ask questions; I mentioned several posts ago…

Toil and Trouble

β€œ'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.”Henry David ThoreauThough a sad but true fact, this past week I was grossly ill--the victim of congestion, a scratchy throat and a slight fever. I don't know how it happened. I exercise regularly, never touch anything on a bus if such a thing can be avoided, wash my hands…

School for Fools

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. -Albert Einstein A sad but true fact: I am a delinquent blogger. Or perhaps a better way of putting it is that, since classes started, I've allowed myself to become a delinquent blogger. But, you know, it's complicated; even without seminars, there's a lot on…