Links, 1/23/13

I haven’t written a lot in the past month, but I think what I have displays a certain maturity. I’m looking to explain basics better than ever and lay the groundwork for the insights that make revisiting a text a lot of fun. I used to hate rereading when I was younger. Think that feeling is completely gone now.

  • David Wemyss, “The Passing of the World” – a beautiful, accessible meditation on Heidegger. A number of gems are in here – I’m still thinking a lot about his defense of cultural pessimism: I think there’s a great deal of truth in the richer strands of cultural pessimism. I feel deeply the oppressive management of public language, the cliché and sanctimony of civic affairs, the destruction of literary and musical canons, the trivialization of the humanities, the growth of scientism, and the sullying by doctrinal egalitarianism of the indubitably fairer and more likeable society built up since the end of the Second World War.
  • David Roberts on Kentucky Route Zero – I loved Bioshock 2 because it was just so much fun to be immersed in a world with so much story. I was exploring constantly for new diaries and new details. This game sounds really, really interesting.
  • Ramesh Ponnuru, “The Party’s Problem”Weigel linked to this, saying it was given to GOP congressmen at a recent retreat as a must-read. It is very good. It gives evidence for a few things I’ve thought, mainly related to Romney outperforming the Republican brand. He probably couldn’t have run more to the right. Ponnuru argues that the GOP has to become the party of the middle class, that helping people who might not be entrepreneurs or millionaires is absolutely crucial.
  • Yes, Mozart wrote for the organ, and it’s fun.

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