Diary 7/4 to 7/5/22: "Mr. Compromise"; Christian fascism; translator's choice; Bill Bryson; too many books; imminent mass extinction and Moby-Dick; blogging for ego; Chinese characters; Cinepassion.
Diary 7/2 to 7/3/22: Mumblecore; Johnstone on Ukraine etc.; Hemlock Club meeting; General Semantics; Frank Harris: My Life and Loves; cyclic reality and Nietzsche; reasons for religious belief; grumpy moods.
Diary 6/3 to 6/5/22: Ninja Fit; gut and brain link; Truthout articles; Karl Popper; my lame fiction; more wasted food; Johnstone quote; Jesse Ventura; Poor Peoples Campaign; a dream; Aussie movie; pushy Pablo.
Diary 5/16 to 5/17/22: The King's Speech; Ghostbusters Afterlife; psyllium again; religion books; more shelves? getting rid of Pathfinder; Russell Brand; a nightmare; typographical erorrs in history; Oliver La Farge.
Diary 5/7 to 5/8/22: McAfee expensive; stupid about groceries; Hemlock Club w/photo; dark night; Zen and analysis; not believing fantasies; another smoothie; Frankl quote and doom; Dostoyevsky and grief; Gibran and pain; "repugliKKKan"; opening the curtains.
This is from my Prison Diary. It's quite unnecessary and I suppose unfair, given that Prof. Bloom is now deceased, but for someone just getting into reading literary criticism, it might be, um, "liberating." Like hearing Wayne C. Booth say that Joyce's Ulysses is obscure. So, with apologies...
Blog post stats; Taoist Sage quote from Smullyan; how I spend my days; naps versus sleep; "Taoistic" quatrain from the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám; sensible behavior now.
The world and money; from Sanditon to Jane Eyre; fecal transplants; blog views; three hours on the phone; War and Peace and Constance Garnett; dirty old men.
Beauty and the Beast 1987 TV series; library book sales; Stephen Wolfram; much nattering about books; Hypnerotomachia Poliphili; fave artists; Hemlock Club audiocast? Gifts for Madelyn; Constance Garnett; blood on the page.
Notes of a Novelist; doublethinking myself and playing with my words; Mister Slang; Powell's Books; The Mountain of Ignorance analogy; anti-religion rant; Emily Fox Gordon
Many dreams, movies, and books; my CO2 invention; HC and mysticism; reading Austen's Emma; Henry Miller quotes; Arthur Koestler; bell hooks; XR; writing tools; McAfee woes; self-mastery; Family Guy binge.
Dreams; Chucky; memory failure; probation; Hemlock Club failure; impressed by two books; Herman Melville.
Horror & other DVDs; Nietzsche quote leading to good and evil muddle; nothing else worth a mention.
Dreams; Microsoft woes; DVDs everywhere and nothing to watch; Harold Bloom dissed; Herbert Read; Walter Kaufmann's Tragedy and Philosophy; Cleese's book; best autobiographies; inheriting Pablo's cat.
Reading Sartre; editing Kick Me; Goethe quotes, one about Faust; movie reviews including Hanna, Walled In, and The Inheritance (2011).
Hesse's Steppenwolf; "Hollywood Comedy Legends" and other movies; progress on Kick Me; reading as a writer; muddle-headed versus simple-minded distinction.
Black Widow and other movies; Steppenwolf; Russiagate unimportant; Nietzsche quote; analyzing Pablo; Salomé to marry; Cornel West.
Tidbits; The Libertine quote; the structure of novels; Charterhouse of Parma; Narcissus and Goldmund; Vanity Fair; dirty dishes.
COVID escaped from a lab; my fecklessness; The Craft of Fiction; Taibbi on vigilante spying.
Final thoughts on Nabokov; Hemlock Club mtg; Michael Moore's Awful Truth; Andromeda series; story idea; Maslow's Motivation & Personality