Monday, August 31, 2009
“The greatest enterprise of the mind always has been and always will be the attempted linkages of the sciences and humanities. The ongoing fragmentation of knowledge and resulting chaos in philosophy are not reflections of the real world but artifacts of scholarship. The propositions of the original Enlightenment are increasingly favored by objective evidence, especially from the natural sciences.”
~Edward O. Wilson
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The Writers of the Future winners from last year are attending the week-long workshop in LA this week. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to attending next year and meeting the people with whom I have been corresponding. If I had the money, I'd fly down for the XXV awards ceremony next Saturday just to see what that's like.
Oh well, us broke-ass college students will just have to keep on writing and writing to pass the time. That and hanging out at Powell's Books.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I'm rereading Evan Wright's Generation Kill and came across one of my favorite sections today.
"What unites them is an almost reckless desire to test themselves in the most extreme circumstances. In many respects the life they have chosen is a complete rejection of the hyped, consumerist American dream as it is dished out in reality TV shows and pop-song lyrics. They've chosen asceticism over consumption. Instead of celebrating their individualism, they've subjugated theirs to the collective will of an institution. Their highest aspiration is self-sacrifice over self-preservation."
Nostalgia trip: Life in a Humvee: