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Alone by Necessity

It’s kind of cliche for scholars to talk about post-modernity’s effect on the discipline of hermeneutics, that is, reading what other people wrote down and understanding them correctly. Although it seems like it ought to be something more or less… Continue Reading

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Authentically Cool

I’ve had two significant moments of clarity in my life regarding authenticity. “Authenticity” itself is kind of a buzz word now, and I don’t think I had that word in mind when these two independent moments occurred, but it changed… Continue Reading

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Being There

I’ve had a few momentary flashes lately of what I would call a sense of drifting melancholy. For instance, yesterday I was taking my daughter along grocery shopping and she wanted to look at the fish. I was trying to… Continue Reading

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Black Star

I was reading Doggett’s book on Bowie that I got for Christmas, just starting to digest Black Star when I heard that Bowie had died. I was kind of surprised, of course. I thought I’d take a look at the… Continue Reading

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The Diamond Age Review

I spent some time listening to Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age or A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer over the last month or so. Apparently Stephenson wanted to write a novel that dealt both with culture and technology without penning another cyberpunk… Continue Reading

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Grendel

So, on the advice of a friend I recently read John Gardner’s Grendel. Having never been forced to read Beowulf by sadistic english teachers or antiquarian fetishists, I read some summaries before reading this and that was it. All things considered, the… Continue Reading

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Get Into Gary

Sometimes there are major recording artists you just haven’t paid much attention to. Just recently, I’ve gotten super into Gary Numan, and I’m going to enthuse for a bit on why he’s amazing. I first came across him (besides hearing… Continue Reading