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Dining with Derrida

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If Jacques Derrida had eaten at fabled restaurant, Noma, in Copenhagen, and had later run into Chef René Redzepi, he might have been heard to say the following (Warning: This is a fictional monologue. Many of the author’s interpretations of Derrida’s philosophies and mannerisms have been considerably exaggerated.): Chef René, I was at your restaurant…

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Limits of Salvation

The Limits of Salvation: from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment Preface: Most human beings find the concept of eternal bliss to be vaguely pleasing. Some do not, referencing an abstract sensation of sleepless nights, emphasizing the eternal. Other relevant concerns float about, but these aforestated are primary. The history of humanity is riddled with attempts…

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Slightly

“Slightly.” That was how she put it. As the wisteria grew around the neck of the fallen buck, a hand of tree wooed an unknown number of identical chipmunks through an eye socket, while the berries were red in the meadow with the trees cut squarely behind the deserted pasture, and the early wrinkle of…

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Noxious Survey Data

This morning, I took a “brief” phone survey. No doubt, the “research” was politically motivated. I invite you to observe how the survey’s format manipulates sentiment to construe response data. Though it’s not important, the survey in which I partook had to do with the slashing or supporting of the Corn Ethanol Mandate. Here is a sample…

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David Foster Wallace in Nature

I once watched an interview in which Jonathan Franzen speculated about a solemn difference between the late David Foster Wallace and everybody else, including Franzen. It’s a story many who occasion this sort of marginalia will be familiar with. Franzen and Wallace were out with binoculars looking for birds, perhaps in a marsh or field or…

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Excerpt Culled From My Novel

“Kad, don’t be ridiculous!” Victoria laughed into the fuming sunlight and Kad laughed louder and I accosted another Bellini and walked back over to my quiet frontal seat to begin skimming through a magazine on military technology. The pictures of the now-four-year-old fighter jets excited some primal appetite for national success. The world is still a jungle, pleaded…

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Socratic Mis-communications

Try not to laugh at these crude excerpts. Here is a list of moments when Socrates mistakenly took for granted that his conversant understood what he was talking about, according to Plato. Whoops: From Euthyphro: Socrates: Then is the just also pious? Or while the pious as a whole is just, is the just as a whole not pious, but part of…

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Wordsworth Re-worded

Wordsworth’s poetry has always bothered me. It has to do with the way his words sound in the mouth while reading them, or while imagining them read aloud. He’s not as other Romantic poets; everything is fluffier; even his phonemes are soft and fluffy. Sometimes, I just want to throw dirt into them. Remember “I Wandered…

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Recalling a Critique

In light of recent news: After reading The New Republic‘s cover feature, “How Assad Won,” (1/6/14 Issue) the proposition that Bashar Al Assad has indeed succeeded in thwarting international prosecution for the disgusting treatment of Syrians is found to be a correct characterization of the murderous and oppressive head-of-regime. The ability to stir-up violence between opposing…

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Fire of Gracetown

WHEN THE WIND drew up the fire around Gracetown, an inverted tornado of orange surging round the steeple of Reverend Nevil’s church, Lida kissed me on the shoulder and said, ––“It’s over now. You check the nets and I’ll start a fire.” ––Fire was absurd and needed. No one was hungry but everyone needed food.…

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