Category Archive: Art & Aesthetics

Moral choices and foreign languages

Originally posted on Une belle infidèle!:
I had a very interesting chat about free will the other day after reading this post, and I could not avoid relating it to what recent…

Oh, the humanities! : a response to Nicholas Bourbaki

(Note: all the posts that I mention below are linked here.) The only real people are the people who never existed, and if a novelist is base enough to go to life for… Continue reading

Read this: Nicholas Bourbaki’s new blog on the humanities & the economy

Dear readers, Some of you already know Nicholas Bourbaki; he has appeared, often in my company, on this very blog. There’s no rhyme or reason to his appearances, of course. He will show up,… Continue reading

Epiphany and Vocation

I reached this passage in Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon’s new novel: “These are Wahhabists. They’re pretending [destroying Buddha statues is] spiritual, but it’s political, like they can’t deal with having any competition around.”… Continue reading

Those Meddling Kids: Lord of the Flies, Scooby-Doo, and The Wild Wild Net

When you watch Scooby-Doo, one thing’s for certain: the monster is not real. It’s never a monster. The monster ends up being somebody — usually old, always hiding in plain sight — seeking… Continue reading

Our Confused Conversations About Free Will: On Sam Harris

That, then, which every soul pursues and for its sake does all that it does, with an intuition of its reality, but yet baffled and unable to apprehend its nature adequately, or to… Continue reading

A Cold Eye: Art’s Debt to the Living, and the Dead

D.B. asked me what I thought about all this stuff I just finished telling you about. I didn’t know what the hell to say. If you want to know the truth, I don’t… Continue reading

Me versus “Her”: MT versus AI

Originally posted on Une belle infidèle!:
Samantha: I want to learn everything about everything. Theodore: I love the way you look at the world. (Turns out she has the mind of a…

Vlogging The Stranger: Literature and Law

A delightful, if short, conversation with James Flanigan and Conor Flanigan about the legal and ethical ramifications of L’Etranger by Albert Camus. Read the post and watch the video here.  

Contradisciplinary Presents: Spike Jonze’s HER

An hour’s chat with Sherwin Siy about all the complex issues raised by the movie HER. Sorry about the false start — we started streaming mid-conversation about Joaquin’s red shirt — but then we… Continue reading