The first time you sacrifice your friends to time is traumatic not only for the schoolyard friends lost but for the trauma of losing the very conception of friendship we had formed around them. But we recover when we realise that we make can friends based on shared interests and less from pure circumstance, however, … Continue reading scholia 33
I would argue the reduction of writing, such as in the blurb of a novel, can still be considered art in itself and that it cannot be denied this title by the mere fact of its reduction. You might call it foolish if Reader's Digest published the Iliad in the one line monimer; "A journey … Continue reading scholoa 30
When Christ told us that the lowest would be the highest, that the meek were blessed and not wretched, he said it not for their sake but for ours. He said it so that should you ever find yourself paralysed by bougeiouse melancholia you may compare yourself to the man in the wheelchair, paralysed like … Continue reading scholia 29
The problem with a hyperconnected and globalised world which is primarily driven by a barbaric desire to consume, is the same problem with a fountain which one visits to take, and not give, a coin or two — bought, of course, at the cost of a wish.
The contradiction with innocence, as opposed to experience, is that the more you come to experience it - in art, people, or yourself - the less you embody it. Your very cognisance of innocence, your grasping of the concept, is, in fact, your loss of it. We can trace innocence to the Latin innocentia, meaning … Continue reading scholia 18, 19
If you find God and lose him, give yourself to crying. And make sure you enjoy it while you can because what comes after the crying is far worse.
It was Hamlet, according to Harold Bloom, whose agony was that of a man who constantly overhears himself, whose thoughts are a cloud of echoes, dissapating into inaction and paralysis. But a question remains that if Hamlet is a genius written by a genius, something we need not consult Bloom on, and we are ordinary … Continue reading scholia15