Thursday, December 22, 2011

Was reading about books as gifts on Althouse and thinking about the sadness in my grandmother giving me the Reader's Digest for Christmas and reflecting that she was a contemporary of Scofield Thayer more or less and could have subscribed to The Dial, his avant-garde journal. Except for being moderne which seems now old fashioned I guess there is only the challenge that there were some beautiful, structurally challenging or penetrating things done. In Googling Thayer to find the article (again), I came upon the author of Sea Power, I would expect a relative. Thayer was apparently analyzed by Freud and became schizophrenic; it's an interesting story. I came to it because of his connection to ee cummings, an old fashioned moderne of whose is:

I'm very fond of
black bean
soup(O i'm
fond of black
bean soup
Yes i'm very fond
of black bean soup)But
i don't disdain
a beef-

Gimme gin&bitters to
open my
eyes(O gimme
bitters to open
my eyes
Yes gimme gin&bitters
to open my eyes)But
i'll take straight rum as
a night-

Nothing like a blonde for
ruining the
blues(O nothing
like a
blonde for ruining
the blues
Yes nothing like a blonde
for ruining the blues)But
i use redheads for
the tooth

Parson says a sinner will
perish in the
flames(O parson
says a
sinner will perish
in the flames
Yes parson says a sinner
Will perish in the flames)But
i reckon that's better
than freez-

Everybody's dying to be
else(O every
dying to be some
one else
Yes everybody's dying
to be someone else)But
i'll live my life if
it kills

The 'lost poem' in the Thayer article is even more scandalous to the pc reader. I had thought that 'the only emperor is the emperor of ice cream' was his but it's from Walther Stevens though I would like to see a copy of the book Sound and Sense by Laurence Perrine where I swear it's done by Edward.
When Gingrich stood up to oppose hysteria over Mexican participation in our country, he got credit for courage and then talking about allowing children or adolescents to work brought out a lot of applause from those who found work throwing papers as kids. Romney responded to the first action by slip streaming behind him as I understand it. Well, when Romney said he should return the $1.4 million he got from Fannie, Gingrich didn’t find this a useful criticism but made a grandiose justification for it. He’s not going anywhere IMHO. He’s a tribune without power who will not have power though, yes, some may enjoy his talking back to the judicial teacher of Roe v. Wade and homosexual marriage being embedded in various constitutions, etc.

From my 2 cents.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christopher Hitchens solves a mystery for me and gives me some German to pass along to my son. Freud said something like Nietzsche new himself best or had the best grasp of psychology in the previous generation. Nietzsche died shortly after having jumped in a river yelling some wild statement; so this didn't make sense to me. Hitchens points out that he had tertiary syphilis (which doesn't preclude you being sane earlier). Having addressed this mystery, there comes up the idea that Nietzsche would seem to have addressed issues of narcissism whereas Freud was more into dynamic understanding, anyway a lessor problem.