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    Archive for January, 2020

    Friday

    Friday, January 31st, 2020

    Brews You Can Use My apologies for the lack of posts this week. Marie and I are moving into my parents’ house. We have a lot to do in order to get it ready. She’s been carrying the bulk of the load, but this week, I had to “step up” and do a lot of […]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

    Like Camus’ hero Sisyphus, Salinger’s two novels look at nihilistic man, the man who has given up the possibility of finding a meaning—a response—from the universe’s wall of indifference. The novels are based on the condescending, though largely accurate, presumption that modern society consists of individuals who have unconsciously decided they’ll never find meaning in […]

    Monday

    Sunday, January 26th, 2020

    SHOW NOTES First Segment I’m working my way through Lawrence Cahoone’s 700-page anthology of postmodernism. He starts the book out by excerpting key passages from writers who helped frame the modern mind, whose main gist, as I read Cahoone is: Modernity was obsessed with reasoning. Rationality. Empiricism: faith that science would bring us to the […]

    Friday

    Friday, January 24th, 2020

    That scene was shot at Neir’s Tavern in Queens. It might be the oldest bar in New York City. It almost shut down, but thanks to some help from the City, whose red tape was apparently indirectly forcing its closure, it’s going to stay open. You can read the heart-warming story here. I really like […]

    Thursday

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

    Gay Thursday I discovered this evening that my backyard might be responsible for the stunning victories of the LGBT movement over the past 10 years. The Stryker Corporation out of little Kalamazoo, Michigan, is largely to blame. It’s a stunning papertrail of money. If accurate, it’s also disturbing. We always knew the American mind was […]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

    A few semi-noteworthy tweets from my surfing last night. The sad thing is, I found only three such semis in 20 minutes of scrolling through Twitter. Learn something new every day: There’s a wild horse problem out west. I saw at Twitter, which was retweeted by a friend I trust on such matters. I’d handle […]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

    At the end of The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus meditates on the “absurd hero” Sisyphus, a character from Greek mythology. Sisyphus was a crafty man who repeatedly betrayed and disobeyed the gods. As punishment, he was sentenced to an eviternity of rolling a huge rock to the top of a hill. Every time he got […]

    Sunday/Monday: New Podcast Episode Released

    Sunday, January 19th, 2020

    Show Notes Today is the feast day of St. Macarius of Egypt. At least with the Eastern Orthodox. I don’t believe the RCC recognizes him as a saint. He is one of the men who followed St. Anthony into the desert that we talked about in the last episode, and he became one of the […]

    Friday

    Friday, January 17th, 2020

    BYCU Mid-January. Winter storm warnings afoot. What else is there to do but drink? Apparently, Anheuser-Busch agrees. For every inch of snow that falls, it’s offering $1 off select Busch products in these cities: Des Moines, Iowa; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Minneapolis; Fargo, North Dakota; Omaha; Buffalo, New York; and Green Bay, Wisconsin. Yeah, a stupid […]

    Thursday

    Thursday, January 16th, 2020

    When the full truth and weight of the absurd hits a person, the result can be dramatic. A person might stand against the wall and wail, like H.G. Wells’ frustrated utopian expectations giving way to defeatist whimpers at the end of his life in Mind at the End of its Tether. Or a man might […]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

    Rambling Whew. The new-year blitz is over. Three closings in 12 days. For the non-lawyers out there: Closings are when a business or piece of real estate changes hands. First, you sign a purchase agreement. Then the buyer does his due diligence and various other negotiations and issues are addressed. Then you close. Closings are […]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

    “There is only one really serious philosophical problem, that of suicide. To judge that life is or is not worth the trouble of being lived, this is to reply to the fundamental question of philosophy.” These words stand at the beginning of Albert Camus’ philosophy. The question of suicide (and later murder) were his touchstones. […]

     


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