Monthly Archives: April 2015

Ideas that add up #162

Our experience with the canoe demonstrated that the Innu had not lost the capacity to think as Innu people. In places like Utshisk-nipi, life can be easily compromised by bad judgments, inappropriate temperament and arrogance. Innu believe that lack of … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #161

“The Russian is completely confused and disorientated by modern life,” Nikolai Naritsyn, a Moscow-based psychoanalyst who has written on the subject, told me. “Where do financial crises come from, what do the laws they pass in parliament mean, why has … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #160

It was the middle classes who reinstated their ‘g’s. It’s not that they dropped their ‘g’s, it’s that we all didn’t pronounce the ‘g’ after the Old English period. So, [in] 1100, 1200, we were all “huntin’, shootin’, fishin’”, as … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #159

The feudalistic society of the early Chou dynasty operated according to two principles: one was that of the li (rituals, ceremonies, rules of conduct, mores); the other was that of the hsing (penalties, punishments). The li formed the unwritten code … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #158

Over the half century of his film-making career, Hitchcock created characters who try to hide their weaknesses from the world and themselves. He was, like [Graham] Greene, a Catholic excited by human turpitude and evil. Pointedly, his great 1958 film … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #157

From Robert Johnson to Bon Iver, the mythologising of the lone man and his guitar has a long tradition, but few stories are as remarkable as Seasick Steve’s. “Hobos are people who move around looking for work”, he once said; … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #156

We are slaves in the sense that we depend for our daily survival upon an expand-or-expire agro-industrial empire – a crackpot machine – that the specialists cannot comprehend and the managers cannot manage. Which is, furthermore, devouring world resources at … Continue reading

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