I’m too busy to really post.

But I can put up links to stuff I’m wasting my time reading.

I guess I go to the wrong restaurants.

Popular culture is eating your brain. And it’s even ruining your appreciation of popular culture.

Meanwhile, here’s what I’m reading in print: From the introduction to Martin Buber’s Ecstatic Confessions:*

The commotion of our human life, which lets in everything, all the light and all the music, all the mad pranks of thought and all the variations of pain, the fullness of memory and the fullness of expectation, is closed to only one thing: unity.

And from his The legend of the Baal-Shem.**

“If a man has fulfilled the whole of the teaching and all the commandments, but has not had the rapture and the burning, when he dies and passes beyond, paradise is opened to him, but because he has not felt rapture in the world, he also does not feel it in paradise.” -

And that, kids, is why you should be a mystic.

And perhaps why a Woodstock Museum isn’t actually that bad an idea.

*San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1985. (Originally published as Ekstaische Konfessionen. Berlin: Eugen Diederichs Verlag , 1909.)

**New York: Schocken Books, 1969 (Published originally in German, 1908).

4 Responses to “I’m too busy to really post.”

  1. K says:

    Now, I think the pop-culture article also qualifies as “genuinely scary”, but then I had the sort of upbringing which ensures I know who Damon and Pythias were, or at least well enough to get the jokes in P. G. Wodehouse, and therefore have to spend my life worrying about coming over as an intellectual snob.

    Do you agree with the article’s thesis? Do you think we’re genuinely only interested in new stuff now?

  2. Allen says:

    It’s hard for me to say also — Robin and I, and our kids, grew up with a lot of “high” culture influences. I do have the feeling that allusions and metaphors that I use in teaching are pretty much limited to very recent culture, if I want people to get them. A lot of students don’t even get Monty Python references.

  3. Travis says:

    “Would you enjoy some yellow liquid grease squirted on your bacon?”

    Yeah, I think you’re eating at the wrong places. :-)

  4. Allen says:

    Well, yeah. Of course, I really don’t think that any of the fine restaurants in Terry, MS would have featured a server conversant in restaurant-speak.

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