2012 in Review: What I wrote in January

I write a lot. I know, I need to be editing and making things much clearer when not deleting some entries and pretending they never existed. Still, going over what I wrote this past year, I’m stunned by how much I’ve covered and in what depth. What is below is a sampling from January. It isn’t close to everything covered that month.

If you guys like how this is arranged, let me know. I can’t guarantee a story for every single thing I’ve written, but I’ll try to blurb more.

January 2012

In January of 2012 I was preparing to go to a conference and talk about academic things. I felt like I hadn’t read enough Greek tragedy, so I read Euripides’ “Bacchae” and tried to make sense of it. I think I concluded tentatively that the god of wine has to be seen as the god of drama to make any sense of the play.

I also started looking more closely at haiku, the one form of poetry I feel comfortable writing. I’m very happy with the comment on Basho’s “Winter Solitude.”

The remarks on Plato’s “Minos” turned out really well. I can’t say I understand the dialogue without speculating. Tim probably agrees with me that the original goal – to understand Strauss’ essay on the dialogue better – might take us a bit longer than we hoped. Still, I remember sitting with the tv muttering in the background trying to think how to introduce the dialogue without saying something technical. I wanted to say something about how the problem of justice and law hits us deeply and more often than we think.

I was trying to read – still am trying to read – more Polish poetry in translation. Świetlicki had my attention that month.

At the time, I was trying to write really short blog entries every so often for readers who did not have much time. Yehuda Amichai’s “What I will never see again I must love forever” was something I came across while reading about God and rationality.

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