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emile-benoit's picture
Dec.17.2010
I am a madman in the same manner in which Socrates was mad. As Spinoza was mad. As Joyce, Dickenson, Blake, Weil, and Dostoyevsky were mad. All viewed humanity much as a child might view his father - glorious, courageous, full of integrity and promise. Yet, all eventually would grow disillusioned...
beth-mann's picture
Mar.12.2010
      Me at IHOP a few mornings ago. I'm the one upside down, naked and falling.     I heard the calling while driving home from Philadelphia a few mornings ago. I had attended a show at Johnny Brenda’s the night before and stayed over night at a friend’s house. Mildly hung-over,...
david-corbett's picture
Mar.07.2010
The term "noir " has become so universally misused-like other vague descriptives such as "Freudian," "post-modern," and "cute"-that it's virtually a cipher, obscuring more than it clarifies. Ask three different people if a certain writer is "noir,...
kelly-tweeddale's picture
Feb.05.2010
If Franz Kafka was a woman the absurdities of life and the meaning he found in them would all be in another’s day work.   Rather than challenging the insanity of life and overlaying a dark and dogmatic interpretation, we women naturally thread the needle and baste the various insanities of life...
daniel-curzon's picture
Feb.03.2010
Dear Diary, I finished another masterpiece today. It gets so tiresome! I wish I had writer's block. My agent called and said that two Austrian publishers are begging for more stories. Well, they will just have to wait. I have three dates with three beauties I met at my book signing last week. I can...
pavel-somov's picture
Dec.13.2009
1.Mirror triesTo differentiateItselfFrom its own reflection.Consciousness triesTo differentiateItselfFrom its own mind.Neither can:There isNo differenceBetween Subject and ObjectWhatsoever!2.Remember our little balconyOn the third floor of that hotelin Paris?No.3.Consciousness wastes itselfOn...
austin-kodra's picture
Mar.22.2009
Lately, I have have been studying various theories and ideas about existentialism, but I have also been formulating my own interpretations. By the mere fact that I have begun to form my own opinions about the existential experience, I realized something about one of the very fundamental ideas...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Nov.28.2008
"For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best. So, let us be alert--alert in a twofold sense: Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake." From "Man's Search for Meaning,...
pavel-somov's picture
Oct.31.2008
"Every so-called fact is embedded in some kind of theoretical context" ( Van Kaam in Existential Foundations of Psychology). Is that a fact?! "There is no concept that can define the condition of “what is” but vision nevertheless manifests: all is good" ( The Six Vajra Verses...
gayle-early's picture
Jun.20.2008
One of my favorite words is reification (now that you can use my most hated words against me). Sounds like a meaningless jumble of morphemes, doesn’t it? It’s one of the most life-changing words I’ve ever experienced. You may not know it, but you reify. A lot. We all do. Every time you regard...