Worlds that May Be…Thoughts About Books and Imagination

In the novel Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, there is a small but subtly significant part about a bookshop called Underworld Books. In the story, the protagonist, a young man named Owen Hardy, comes upon the shop in the midst of his adventures far from home. In the window, he seesContinue reading “Worlds that May Be…Thoughts About Books and Imagination”

Getting Back in Touch

The pandemic reminds us that we remain firmly rooted in bodily existence with all dangers that this implies. —Slavoj Žižek, Pandemic 2: Chronicles of a Time Lost (p. 14). Touch is never so obvious as when confronted with its opposite—the untouchable. —Richard Kearney, Touch: Recovering Our Most Vital Sense (p. 133). It has been justContinue reading “Getting Back in Touch”

Opening Up Texas—Bad Idea Gov. Abbott, Very Bad Idea

I have been a resident of the state of Texas since June of 2004, approaching 17 years now. A job brought me here and while I had not seen Texas in my future before that time, I have come to enjoy and appreciate quite a bit about this state and the area in which IContinue reading “Opening Up Texas—Bad Idea Gov. Abbott, Very Bad Idea”

“Hermeneutics in Real Life” – Report on a New Project

“Consequently, hermeneutics cannot remain a technique for specialists—the technē hermēneutikē of those who interpret oracles and marvels; rather hermeneutics involves the general problem of comprehension.” —Paul Ricoeur “The principle of hermeneutics simply means that we should try to understand everything that can be understood.” —Hans-Georg Gadamer One of the most prominent misunderstandings about philosophy IContinue reading ““Hermeneutics in Real Life” – Report on a New Project”

On Being Political

We have just gone through quite a tumultuous season of politics. As I write this, the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took place a few days ago. On January 6, the constitutional certification of the 2020 election was violently interrupted by a seditious mob with no regard for truth, democracy,Continue reading “On Being Political”

“If I could wave my magic wand”…a remembrance of Neil Peart.

Neil Ellwood Peart passed from this existence one year ago today. When the news broke and I heard, I involuntarily got choked up. I have no pretensions to have felt anything approaching the grief felt by those who knew him. I am a fan, that is all. A Rush fan, though, is a little bitContinue reading ““If I could wave my magic wand”…a remembrance of Neil Peart.”

A Sad Day in American History

I interrupt my regularly scheduled posts, a short series on words we use poorly, to write some words about the events of yesterday here in the United States of America. Ironically, the next post on misused words is on the use of the words “political” and “politics.” The events of yesterday are symptomatic of ourContinue reading “A Sad Day in American History”