Monthly Archives: January 2011

A few thoughts on methodology and art

Stephen Sondheim describes a core tenet of his art to be that ‘God is in the detail’. Beautiful art is difficult because beauty comes from the illusion of simplicity in the mind of the viewer; this is much different from … Continue reading

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Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Well I have to say, this book definitely allowed me a healthy glimpse of the famed genius of Oscar Wilde. I hadn’t read any of his writing before bar a handful of quotes, but had often enough heard praise directed … Continue reading

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Review: Night of January 16th

(It was obvious that I had to read it all tonight.) CLERK: You solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God? KAREN: [Calmly] That’s useless. I’m an atheist. Above is one of … Continue reading

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Good for the soul, bad for the heart

Self-deprecation that is! (Title courtesy of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Perpetual Anticipation’ from A Little Night Music) Ugh I’m in one of those moods where I feel approximately useless. Thankfully, I have long since been able to utilise such moods for productivity! I think it … Continue reading

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Review: Dune

Far be it from my normal activities to review books, in order to document my progress in reading more books, I shall review Frank Herbert’s Dune which I finished last night. In short, it is a quasi-mystical, science-fictional imagining of … Continue reading

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Government is bad, freedom is good: in one paragraph

The crux: it cannot be done. I propose the essence of politics is one-paragraph answers, one-paragraph arguments. If you could be convinced that liberty is absolutely good in a paragraph, you would quite probably be already convinced of it by … Continue reading

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