Sunday, December 29, 2013

Holiday Reading?

I'm about a third of the way through Augustine's Confessions. I decided to pick it up because I'd recently run across references to it in a few different places that led me to think that I should read it, but I have to admit that so far I'm finding it terribly tedious. I worry that part of the problem might be a bad translation (Washington Square Press paper back from the 1950s that I picked up long ago for cheap). But I also have a stack of other books to start reading. Should I stick with the Augustine a bit longer?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Zoë Keating

I got to see/hear/meet Zoë Keating in Cincinnati this past Friday. If you haven't heard (of) her, I urge you to listen to her music. The video below is a good place to start, as are all of the other pieces she did for ABC Radio National (excellent sound and video quality). N.B. no pre-recording, no overdubs; it's all constructed live:

There are a handful of musicians and writers who, when I listen to or read their work, make me ask myself, "How can I write philosophy that is the equivalent qua philosophy to what this person does qua his/her art?" That is probably an insane or at least senseless question to ask. I suppose what I mean is, I find her work inspiring.