Listening to Copland’s third symphony last night I thought, “Copland’s the best!” But the last movement was quite overblown—was it satire or a lapse in taste? Respecting him as I do, I have to say satire. I wish I’d had the thought last night.
What has 152 gram fat (96 saturated), 128 grams of sugar, and 2240 calories? My dinner, a box of eight chocolate-covered donuts. Oh, let’s not forget, 1440 mg of sodium, too. My most egregious binge this year, surely. Well, it got me through Avengers: Infinity War.
I have updated my "Bleak Philosophy" to expand and revise what was previously available at this link. It is still very much a work-in-progress.
I had asked Pablo to read a chapter in Kick Me (“I Survived the Worst Day of My Life”) and let me know what he thought: was it worth keeping in the book? Well, he read it and mostly didn’t like it, though he waffled around and later praised it, ridiculously. But mostly he just wanted to give me advice on how to write, and how to make it funny, and how to “improve it,” and so on. I wanted his reaction to it as a reader, but he wouldn’t let it rest...
Browsing Amazon for philosophy books, I came across one called Practical Stoicism which makes me think that there might be room and an audience for “my philosophy book.” Philosophy books can become best sellers; at least, the “philosophy” books that Amazon has in their best seller lists. I had said to Pablo that I like to shop at Barnes & Noble because there I can find new books that interest me, but the Amazon lists, I see, can fulfill that function.
A Stack of Books: Prison Diary Excerpt. Comments on Diderot's Rameau's Nephew, Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, McMurtry's Lonesome Dove, Huxley's Brave New World, quotes from Goethe's Faust, and stuff about other books, mostly novels.
"...extensive, excellent quotes from Stephen Dobyns on metaphor in poetry, with some great examples, a fine poem from Thomas Lux, and my thoughts on Henry James and The Turn of the Screw. Fans of James may wish to comment."
Continuing my brief introductions to the books of my Best Books list