Daily Archive: November 11, 2010


Aeschylus: Seven Against Thebes- War’s Spectators

Seven Against Thebes is a war play that shows no war. Rivaling the Homeric epics in its descriptions of the beauty and horribleness of warfare, the play instead shows its audience the helpless spectators...


Ezra Pound and the Worthlessness of War

(This post is part of an ongoing series about Western culture and politics, and how the potential brokenness of one affects the other.) Since we’re talking World War I in poetry this Veteran’s/Armistice Day,...


The Heart and Soul of Libertarianism

Read this hilarious blog post from a New York chef defending “Four Loko,” a controversial alcoholic energy drink that tastes like “malt liquor gummy bears.” I usually scoff at attempts to define our country’s...


Thursday Art Walk

The King Drinks by Jacob Jordaens 1638-40 Oil on canvas, 152 x 204 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris


Which works should be read in the original?

…and which make better translations? I find Rousseau more readable in English; Montesquieu, in French. Voltaire was fluent in both, preferred French, and was correct to have done so. I’ve never seen a translation...


On Certainty & Doubt

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with...


A Poem for Armistice Day

Jason’s post on what is properly called Armistice Day, and the end of the myth of the nobility of war make this pertinent.   Suicide in the Trenches  by Siegfried Sassoon  I knew a simple soldier...


Words I Never Thought Would Be Necessary

“1. If there are people who want to drink from the toilet, shouldn’t we just let them do whatever makes them happy and keep all the good water for ourselves? 2. If a person...


Armistice Day

Today is Armistice Day. It marks the end of an era. Before the First World War, the western understanding of warfare was that it made plain things noble. It allowed superior individuals to show...