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Entries from April 2018

Music to soothe the beastly baby

April 22nd, 2018 · No Comments

“The positive benefits of music can be extended to infants before they are even born. For instance, from as early as the 24th week of an unborn infant’s life, their perceptual world is embedded within the sound of their mother’s heartbeat. The child is not grown in an acoustic vacuum, but rather in an environment […]

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Tags: Open Science Collaboration

The necessary qualities

April 21st, 2018 · No Comments

“There is no man alive who is braver than Yessutai, no march can tire him and he feels neither hunger nor thirst; that is why he is unfit to command.” – Chingis Khan (quoted by James Chambers in The Devil’s Horsemen

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Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War

The good artist borrows, the best artist steals

April 20th, 2018 · No Comments

“No one owns anyone’s culture, and that to believe otherwise is to deprive us of the human fullness and richness we all deserve. To reconcile this insight with an equally compelling American truth—that racial injustice is our inheritance and our responsibility—is the challenge for every artist and critic, black or white.” – George Packer, “Race, […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Doan dwit

April 19th, 2018 · No Comments

“Girls, never trust a man under 40, because he’s still a boy.” – John Mellencamp (interviewed by Edna Gundersen in AARP The Magazine)

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Tags: Verandah

How it is to be done

April 18th, 2018 · No Comments

“To obtain the right training for virtue from youth up is difficult, unless one has been brought up under the right laws. To live a life of self-control and tenacity is not pleasant for most people, especially for the young. Therefore, their upbringing and pursuits must be regulated by laws; for once they have become […]

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Tags: Aristotle · The Ancients

Go figure

April 17th, 2018 · No Comments

“Some people believe that it is nature that makes men good, others that it is habit, and others again that it is teaching. Now, whatever goodness comes from nature is obviously not in our power, but is present in truly fortunate men as the result of some divine cause. Argument and teaching, I am afraid, […]

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Tags: Aristotle · The Ancients

Keeping them in line

April 16th, 2018 · No Comments

“The natural tendency of most people is to be swayed not by a sense of shame but by fear, and to refrain from acting basely not because it is disgraceful, but because of the punishment it brings. Living under the sway of emotion, they pursue their own proper pleasures and the means by which they […]

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Tags: Aristotle · The Ancients

That’s the way, uh-huh, uh-huh

April 15th, 2018 · No Comments

“Pleasure is considered to be deeply ingrained in the human race, and that is why in educating the young we use pleasure and pain as rudders with which to steer them straight. Moreover, to like and to dislike what one should is thought to be of greatest importance in developing excellence of character. For in […]

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Tags: Aristotle · Politics & Law · The Ancients

Let not their name be legion

April 14th, 2018 · No Comments

“Ought we to make as many friends as possible? Or will the mot juste about hospitality, ‘not too many guests, nor yet none,’ also fit friendship in the sense that a person should neither be friendless nor have an excessive number of friends? The saying would seem to fit exactly those who become friends with […]

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Tags: Aristotle · Economics · The Ancients

Down, boys, down

April 13th, 2018 · No Comments

“In a way, anger seems to listen to reason, but to hear wrong, like hasty servants, who run off before they have heard everything their master tells them, and fail to do what they were ordered, or like dogs, which bark as soon as there is a knock without waiting to see if the visitor […]

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Tags: Aristotle · The Ancients

Hence the scales

April 12th, 2018 · No Comments

“Justice is a sort of mean, not in the same way as the other virtues are, but in that it is realized in a median amount, while injustice belongs to the extremes.” – Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book 5, Ch. 5

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Tags: Aristotle · Politics & Law · The Ancients

It stings and burns

April 11th, 2018 · No Comments

“Evil destroys even itself, and when it is present in its entirety it becomes unbearable.” – Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book 4, Ch. 5

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Tags: Aristotle · The Ancients

And then ask for your pity

April 10th, 2018 · No Comments

“Only a worthless man would endure utter disgrace for no good or reasonable purpose.” – Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book 3, Ch. 1

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Tags: Aristotle · The Ancients

Put your back into it

April 9th, 2018 · No Comments

“Both virtue and art are always concerned with what is harder, for success is better when it is hard to achieve.” – Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book 2, Ch. 3

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Tags: Aristotle · Lit & Crit · The Ancients · Vizarts

Tending in this direction

April 8th, 2018 · No Comments

“In our transactions with other men it is by action that some become just and others unjust, and it is by acting in the face of danger and by developing the habit of feeling fear or cowardice that some become brave men and others cowards. The same applies to the appetites and feelings of anger: […]

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Tags: Aristotle · The Ancients

Won’t argue with that

April 7th, 2018 · No Comments

“He who cannot see the truth for himself, nor, hearing it from others, store it away in his mind, that man is utterly useless.” – Hesiod, Works and Days (trans. Richmond Lattimore)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Ancients

Tastes good with pineapple

April 6th, 2018 · No Comments

“If you put lipstick on a pig, it is still a pig.” – Jeffrey J. Kroll, “Cross Is More Fun, but Direct Is What Wins”

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Tags: Politics & Law

Listen to it rant

April 5th, 2018 · No Comments

“Fueled by self-love, the I is at its most garrulous inside its lonely garage.” – Will Schutt, “Storm”

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Tags: Christine Schutt · Lit & Crit

It’s cold and dark in there

April 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“Marriage is the tomb of love.” – Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, Memoirs

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Tags: Verandah

Use your low beams

April 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E. L. Doctorow

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Tags: E. L. Doctorow · Lit & Crit

Uncomfortable in their own skin

April 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

“How do people come to know themselves? One way is by reading fiction. The profound act of empathy demanded by a novel, forcing the reader to suspend disbelief and embody a stranger’s skin, prompts reflection and self-questioning. But most people don’t read novels.” – Nathaniel Rich, “James Baldwin & the Fear of a Nation”

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Tags: James Baldwin · Lit & Crit

Guilty as charged

April 1st, 2018 · No Comments

“People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.” – James Baldwin, “Stranger in the Village”

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Tags: James Baldwin · Lit & Crit