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Blog entries on '29 December 2005'

Thursday 29 December 2005

Stanley Cavell

One of my favourite books of this year was Robert Harrison's The Dominion of the Dead. Just popped onto my mat: Stanley Cavell's Philosophy The Day After Tomorrow (HUP), about which Harrison says:

Over the course of his long and prodigious career, Stanley Cavell has been concerned with a number of recurrent issues, both philosophical (Wittgenstein, J. L. Austin and ordinary language philosophy; Thoreau, Emerson, and Emersonianism; skepticism) and cultural (America; film; Shakespeare). He has also been, and continues to be, the foremost advocate in this country for a rapprochement between philosophy and literature with a merging of what are known as the Anglo-American and the Continental strains of philosophy. Philosophy The Day After Tomorrow comprises his most recent set of meditations on these issues, and as such it offers at once a welcome revisitation of his work to date and a nuanced, considered extension of his thinking. As is fitting for an intellectual of Cavell's standing, it also provides an opportunity to witness a philosopher at the height of his maturity working through questions to which he has devoted his extraordinary career.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Thursday 29 December 2005

Derek Bailey RIP

I've just learnt (via Waggish) that the superb improv guitarist Derek Bailey died on Christmas Day. RIP. (For more about Derek Bailey see Ben Watson's Derek Bailey and the Story of Free Improvisation .)

Posted by Mark Thwaite

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Omens, after Alexander Pushkin

I rode to meet you: dreams
like living beings swarmed around me
and the moon on my right side
followed me, burning.

I rode back: everything changed.
My soul in love was sad
and the moon on my left side
trailed me without hope.

To such endless impressions
we poets give ourselves absolutely,
making, in silence, omen of mere event,
until the world reflects the deepest needs of the soul.

-- Louise Gluck
Averno (Carcanet Press)

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