Postcards from Route 66

Postcards from Route 66

I turned 66 on 5 April 2015.  The following are some “postcards” — only a tiny sample:  their name is “Legion”, for they are many — in aphoristic form of a few of the lessons I believe I have learned from that six-plus-decades-and-counting of experience.

o For those of you who still believe in a personal God, some lessons from those dim and dusty times when I did, also … Don’t waste time trying…

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Lydia Davis, Can’t and Won’t: Stories, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
A new collection of short stories from the woman Rick Moody has called “the best prose stylist in America”   


Lydia Davis - A body of work probably unique in American writing, in its combination of lucidity, aphoristic brevity, formal originality, sly comedy, metaphysical bleakness, philosophical pressure, and human wisdom. Consider the story “Bloomington,” one of the book’s shortest and most perfect; at once a metaphor for and an enactment of this movement, it is a compressed manual for how to read Davis. Here it is in full: Now that I have been here for a little while, I can say with confidence that I have never been here before.

Nein. A Manifesto by Eric Jarosinski
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nein Quarterly is a Twitter account (@NeinQuarterly) that spoofs philosophy and higher education. In the words of its creator, Nein Quarterly is “a ‘Compendium of Utopian Negation’ that uses the aphoristic potential of Twitter to plumb the existential abyss of modern life—and finds it bottomless.” It is often very funny with its take on philosophy and nihilism. This book is a quick reading entertaining extension of the Twitter account. It is very much in the vein of the Twitter feed; fans will enjoy it though it does not really break any new ground.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this book through Netgalley. It is due to be published September 8, 2015.]

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Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction free ebook ,

Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction

<p>With his well-known idiosyncrasies and aphoristic style, Friedrich Nietzsche is always bracing and provocative, and temptingly easy to dip into. Michael Tanner&#39;s introduction to the philosopher&#39;s life and work examines the numerous ambiguities inherent in his writings and explodes many of the misconceptions that have grown in the hundred years since Nietzsche wrote &quot;do not, above all, confound me with what I am not!&quot;</p>

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