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Ideas that add up #229

Perhaps the most profound account of personhood in this century is that given by Martin Buber (1923), in the small book originally translated into English as I and Thou (Buber, 1937). Here he makes a contrast between two ways of … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #200

有钱但沽酒   莫买南山田   勾引催租人   惊散青松烟  When you have money, spend it on wine / Don’t go buying land on the Southern slopes / It just invites trouble from the tax collector / Spooking even the mist from the pines by Song … 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 #154

As far as the main army was concerned, military operations ceased once Genghis reached the waters of the Indus. Messengers had brought news of the Khwarazm Shah’s death: his army had been decimated, and Jalal al-Din was no longer thought … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #125

When you’ve been ripped off, when you’ve been conned, when you’ve been dragged into somebody else’s madness…it makes you mad too. The closer you get to their madness, it’s not as if the closer you get to some truth. You begin … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #103

I fancy myself a bit of an aficionado of smoking and I glibly observed that now his exemplary product was going to be sold in places like Selfridges, he should probably invest in some sexy, stainless steel, computer-controlled kit to improve … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #67

On one of our first dates, back in 1981, we went to the cinema, but when we got there we couldn’t agree on what to see. So, Ben went into Screen 1 to see the gothic, Deliverance-style horror flick Southern … Continue reading

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