Step 1: Form a Tragedy // “Magnolia”

On lying to make people feel bad.   And we generally say, "Well, if that was in a movie, I wouldn't believe it." Someone's so-and-so met someone else's so-and-so and so on. And it is in the humble opinion of this narrator that strange things happen all the time. And so it goes, and so… Continue reading Step 1: Form a Tragedy // “Magnolia”

The Way of Unknowing // Wittgenstein

On the limits of language and thought, the non-objectivity of morality.   Thus the Tractatus was, first and foremost, an attack on all forms of rational systems of ethics—that is, theories of ethics that would base human conduct upon reason.             Allan Janik & Stephen Toulmin, Wittgenstein’s Vienna (1973) How things are in the world… Continue reading The Way of Unknowing // Wittgenstein

Tales Full of Sound and Fury // “White Noise”

On the overwhelming noise of death.   “How strange it is. We have these deep terrible lingering fears about ourselves and the people we love. Yet we walk around, talk to people, eat and drink. We manage to function. The feelings are deep and real. Shouldn’t they paralyze us? How is it we can survive… Continue reading Tales Full of Sound and Fury // “White Noise”

The Silence between Us // “Carrie & Lowell”

On the frustrations present in silence.   Spirit of my silence, I can hear you But I’m afraid to be near you And I don’t know where to begin             Sufjan Stevens, “Death With Dignity” (2015) There’s only a shadow of me In a manner of speaking I’m dead             Sufjan Stevens, “John My Beloved”… Continue reading The Silence between Us // “Carrie & Lowell”

A Natural History of Law and Grace // “The Tree of Life”

On learning to love every leaf.   “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth … when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”             (Job 38: 4, 7) “Unless you love, your life will pass you by. Do you cling to them – wonder,… Continue reading A Natural History of Law and Grace // “The Tree of Life”