Day 11: Five of your best blog posts

There are some older ones with interesting ideas but these later ones feel more developed and complete:

1. A pair of posts on Wagner’s elaborate post-Hegelian philosophy and how that translates into the opera Parsifal:

2. A response to Tim Kreider’s article “The Busy Trap” about the difference between being active and engaged instead of merely busy:

3. Sei Shonagon’s mysterious and evocative book of lists and anecdotes:

4. Perhaps my favorite post, on the two common misunderstandings of Adam Smith’s On the Wealth of Nations:

5. Some reflections on Alfred Jarry’s hilarious tribute to Shakespeare and anti-fascist assault on French clacissism:

Unfortunatly some of the best ones never got written and posted, including posts on the amazing genre bending projects of Herodotus and Sainte-Beuve misunderstood respectively as History and Literary Criticism, a series on the great Indian epic Mahabharata and the life and works of Goethe viewed an almost perfected example of his idea of Bildung.


~ by severalfourmany on September 19, 2013.

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