Summer’s the Worst (Video)

Something light and cool and bittersweet as the wet electric blanket of the Alabama summer enwraps us.

And, yes, I’ve posted a different video of this song before, at the beginning of another summer.  Hard to know the song, live here and not hear it in your head as summer descends.

Returning to Work

Teaching has preoccupied me lately, as well as welcome visitors and travelling.  My son is playing Tom in Gatsby; I travelled to see him in it this weekend.  Good show.  Wonderful to see my son’s continued growth as an actor.  He works hard at it.

But I haven’t been working hard around here lately.  I simply have too much writing to do off-site to spend much time on the blog.  I am going to try to budget my time better in the next few weeks.  Thanks as always for reading and especially for your comments.

Dog Pause

Sorry to have left things hanging with Browning and Kierkegaard.  I rescued a dog last week and have been busy working with him, getting him used to my routine and to the house rules and to proper etiquette on a leash, etc.  I expect to get back to work here soon.  Besides the B & K, I plan to say a bit about Rush Rhees and the idea of conversation, and about Husserl on psychologism (both topics currently under discussion in my Plato seminar).

My new dog is Bane.


Happy Anniversary!

Two years ago I began this blog, sitting here, as I am now, at my parent’s home in southern Ohio.  Much has changed for me in that time and much remains the same.  I began serious reading of Montaigne and Marcel and Merleau-Ponty; I kept working on Wittgenstein and Frege.  This blog has been my commonplace book and my testing ground as I have struggled to knead the new into the old, to find my way through a ubiquitous change–not so much of what I believe philosophically, but of how I believe it.  I have made plenty of false starts.  I have written quite a bit of–well, why shrink from it?–crap.  Still, the blog has been of great use to me, primarily because of those among you who have been reading and responding, helping me along.  –I don’t plan to go anywhere.  There’s still so much to think about.

Save the Gnu’s Room! (Local Plea)

I have sometimes mentioned the Gnu’s Room here, a non-profit arts/bookstore/coffeeshop that is the epicenter of much that is worthwhile in Auburn.  The Philosophy Department series, Philosophy at the Gnu’s Room, takes place there and has for the last three years or more.  Now the Gnu’s Room, despite all its good works, is having financial trouble.  If you have a connection to the place and would like to see it continue to exist, go to Kickstarter and pledge something, even if just a couple of dollars.  You can also find out more about the Gnu’s Room, its current predicament, and its future plans on the site.


A Poetry session at the Gnu’s Room. I am lurking in the back, insofar as someone as big as a barn can ever be said to ‘lurk’.

There and Back Again Again

I am now home, after getting home Sunday (flight problems left us grounded a night in Amsterdam), sleeping, driving to the beach, listening to papers, giving my urban sprawling what-the-hell? essay on Sellars, listening to papers, driving back home, and finally really and truly getting home.  I am now back in my office, prepping to begin the Seven Deadly Sins.  I am tired–but not complaining.  It’s been a wonderful and exhausting month.  Good to be home again again.

Recent Work and Time Away

I have been trying to keep the blog’s heart beating even while my attention has been focused elsewhere.  I am currently trying to finish drafting a new essay on Sellars (and Husserl) on perceptual consciousness; I am prepping to write an invited essay on the Frege chapter of A. W. Moore’s massive The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics, and I am putting finishing touches on talks I am due to give in France starting in a few days (on Emerson/Montaigne and on Wittgenstein).  Expect things to be very slow here for most of May, since I will be in France and likely too busy to keep up the blog.  Once I return, and after I give the Sellars paper late in May, things should smooth out, and I hope to return the blog to more focused discussions of the sort that characterized it in its early days.  –As always, thanks to everyone who stops by–and especially to all those who comment!  I consider you my teachers.

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