Going through the archive, I realized there’s been a lot of very good writing done this year. January might have been the high point of the blog’s life, actually. There are remarks on Plato’s Minos, meant for people who haven’t read the dialogue. The status of the question “What is law?” is thought through and I think made immediate, relevant. But there’s also a close read of Euripides’ Bacchae that tries to start outlining the problem of god being man.
Moreover, there’s some timely musing on haiku: Basho, “Winter Solitude.” Still, the post I’m revisiting now is on Eliza Griswold’s visiting a refugee camp. I can’t even imagine what it is like to lose one’s home and way of life and have to start over again in good conditions.
Without further ado, some other highlights:
- What’s on the minds of young people?
- Seth Benardete, “Nasreddin Hoja visits a bath”
- “A life well-lived might make the world.”
- Colin McGinn: “…it really is quite clear that academic philosophy is a science.”
- Osip Mandelstam, “Suddenly in a light shawl”
- Yuri Arabov, “War comes out of raw cracks”
- Emily Dickinson, ” As willing lid o’er weary eye”
- Kobayashi Issa, “Don’t worry, spiders”
- Yosa Buson, “A small shop opening”
- Basho, “Many nights on the road”
- George Herbert, “Jordan”
I always like writing on Dickinson, but I haven’t linked to all of those write-ups because they’re easy to find and evaluate. Hope you enjoy these highlights. I’m 4 away from having the nice round number of 200 for facebook likes. Would love to have a lot more attention.