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Quality I

Napoleon said (it could be apocryphal) that quantity has a quality in itself. This makes sense when we’re talking about the art of war. The one who has the most cannon fodder doesn’t always win. But it helps. But not in life, not so much. Our life is one of consumption: of emotions, of food, […]

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The Passage of Time

I read this year (in which book, I do not recall) that we should compare ourselves not with who others are today, but with whom we were yesterday. That’s good advice. The message:  what’s important is not so much where we are, but that we are improving. But even by this measure, two dates cause […]

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About Beethoven’s Last Night

I have already written about my peculiar relationship with music. Exceptions are usually songs that tell stories. I’m not the right person to assess musical quality, but stories are my life, so it does not surprise me that a song which incorporates a narrative catches my attention. I am not necessarily talking about a musical […]

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(Dead) Men In Tights

I vaguely remember that I got my first super-hero comic as a second choice. What I wanted was a Donald Duck or Uncle Scrooge comic, but there weren’t any at the stand that I hadn’t already read. So I half-grudgingly accepted a copy of Spider-Man.  It was okay. I didn’t fall in love, but it […]

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Rescuing Philosophy

Philosophy exited my life after I was done with the required readings at school. I had no reason to keep at it. It was taught to me as a duller version of history: this person thought this, that person claimed that. There was no rhyme or reason behind it all. There was no goal in […]