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Having read [slowly, during a long time] The Alexandria Quartet

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I will say something about what use you can have of reading good fiction. This series of novels by Lawrence Durrell is great of course, I hardly need to tell you that. The story is about the life of a limited circle of people who all know each other more or less, during a few years when they all live in the same city. Even though the narrator is an “I”, all of them on occasions step forward, taking the lead. There are even lots of quotations from an earlier novel which was never really written, because its author himself is a fictional character! After the last page of the last volume, I had a similar feeling as I have got from other great reading experiences, be it “Dombey and Son” or “The Da Vinci Code”, an insight which is harder to get from philosophy or psychology: Nothing is exactly what it looks like. There is always the possibility of another aspect that you cannot think of right now, but later may appear as the solution you missed.

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December 21, 2015 at 13:56

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Hegel for the moment

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1. Shit happens.
2. The important thing is to have fun.
= We’ll see how it turns out.

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January 27, 2015 at 08:16

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My Way

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Wenig macht die Art des besten Glücks, says Nietzsche, or rather the person “Zarathustra” in that novel of his. It takes little to make the best happiness. Note that he does not say just “happiness”, nor “the greatest happiness”, but the best happiness, “that kind of happiness which is the right one just for me!”

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October 4, 2014 at 17:08

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Everything in its proper place

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“This is my dolls’ cemetery. I don’t like dolls. When I am given one I bury it at once”.
Lise Ségur in the film Il y a longtemps que je t’aime by Philippe Claudel, 2008.

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November 20, 2011 at 14:36

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Success for SNP in the Scottish election

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In the UK parliament since the 2010 election Labour has 41 of the 59 Scottish seats, and the Scottish National Party has 6. In the election for the Scottish parliament last Thursday SNP got 69 seats out of 129 (a gain of 22) and Labour got 37 (a loss of 9). Tories got 15 (losing 1) and Liberal Democrats got 5 (a loss of 11!). Has there been a great change of political opinions in just one year? Too early to say. But obviously a majority of Scots find it suitable to have a local party in power at home, rather than parties that take their orders from London. And what orders should they take, considering that the majority in London is unstable?

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May 8, 2011 at 21:52

Food prices going up

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The international price of sugar increased 5,4% in January, according to the FAO Food Price index.
Is sugar food? Do we hear a big cry because of more expensive pastry and candy?

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February 8, 2011 at 11:50

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A whole novel flying around

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Right now I am reading Great Expectations in a pocket edition from Airmont in NYC, 1965 or so. You know what age can do to thin paper and cheap glue, don’t you? The leaves disjunct by and by as I turn them.

Imagine I sat reading it outdoors in the winds of autumn. A lot of paper leaves would cruise around the world, each of them promising GREAT EXPECTATIONS!

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October 9, 2010 at 16:09

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