Bud Parr (who blogs at Chekhov's Mistress) is the brains behind MetaxuCafé:
One of my greatest fears in naming this site MetaxuCafé is to trivialize the word metaxu. Simone Weil famously described metaxu as every separation being a link, which she illustrated with the idea of:
two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but it is also their means of communication
Her discussion considers the physical world that is both the barrier and the “way through” to the spiritual world. Thus metaxu represents an intermediary (as Plato would have it), a bridge. Weblogs are analogous, in a far more material sense, because they are a way through to some level of greater understanding, a bridge from a discussion that I may have with you in my living room to a discussion I can have with all of you on my site.
Last weekend, Nicholas Lezard reviewed Simone Weil: An Anthology ("an inspiring collection of work from a neglected thinker"):
Simone Weil can be neglected in the more modish surveys of philosophy: she dares to bring religion into her thinking. This can make some people nervous or plain embarrassed; for others, it simply rules her out.
One gets the feeling that Weil would not have been that bothered. She was, as Andre Gide described her, "the saint of all outsiders"; conventional behaviour was beyond her. "The Great Beast" was her encompassing term for the kind of mindless, conformist society which goes unquestioned by the majority. Born into a cultured and prosperous Jewish Parisian family, she entered the Ecole Normale Superieure - possibly the brainiest place on earth - coming ahead of Simone de Beauvoir in the exams, and one of only five women in the school.