If it ever happens that you get mixed up in hand-to-hand fighting, you must just...– Ludwig Wittgenstein’s parting words to his close friend Maurice Drury, as Drury was saying goodbye before taking part in the D-Day landings.
Example of the quality of the work cut from the...
B.S. 1960 I have one sober memory of my own father, when I was still shorter than he, when he was still able to work as a teaching pro, when we were living just off the grounds of a resort east of Tucson, before I’d ever held or swung one of his racquets, what my boys call a stick. The desert is a small box. There is a wooden absence of echo; you are intimate with every sound....
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A Catalog of Montaigne's Beam Inscriptions
IN THE YEAR OF CHRIST 1571 Michael Montaigne, aged 38, on his birthday, the day preceding the Calends of March, already long wearied of the servitude of the law-courts, and of public offices, has retired, with faculties still entire, to the arms of the learned virgins, there to pass in all quiet and security, such length of days as remain to him, of his already more than half-spent...
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David Foster Wallace Psychohistory
As a child, Wallace was forceful and imaginative. He frequently made his younger sister play audience to long, ad lib dramas populated by characters like Captain Phlegm and his sidekick Goat Bile. During adolescence, Wallace moved into the basement of the family’s Philo, Illinois home. He painted the walls black and hung cork tiles on one wall. His sister later remembered being very upset by one...
Towards a glossary of David Foster Wallace's...
abducent – anatomical term implying movement apart. [p. 186] ablative – a taking or wearing away; grammatically, it implies motion away from something. [p. 470] acciaccatura*– a musical quaver. [p. 832] acclivity – a slope. [p. 582] acervulus – an erupting fungal fruiting body thru which spore escapes. [p. 190] achondroplastic – a type of hereditary dwarﬁsm. [p. 901] acromegalic – a type of...
I said would be dark, & he said he hated daylight....
Bertrand Russell attempts to talk Ludwig Wittgenstein out of living like a hermit in Norway for two years.