Category Archives: Philosophical Mess-making

Duet for Pistons and Gears

I’ve been wrestling with some thoughts about mechanical music and musical machines lately, prompted by two things that came across the ol’ Facebook transom in the last few months: an MIT Technology Review piece from December about musical composition and machine … Continue reading

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Summer Project: Old Books and Oddities

In addition to the long, long list of things I have to get done this summer (with applying for a new job at the top, followed by revising my little ethics book for a 2nd edition), I’m also working as … Continue reading

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Meno Goes To The Library, Part 1

Scene: A rather expensively-dressed young fellow (Meno) wanders into a university library. He looks a bit baffled by it, and also seems anxious not to appear so– one gets the impression that he hasn’t been there before, and doesn’t know … Continue reading

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Songwriting, Style, and Habit

I recently wrote a review of a book on song and singing that I quite enjoyed (you can read the pre-pub draft here). I must confess that I struggled with it a bit with writing it, though. Why? Because — … Continue reading

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Stoic Week 2015 (Sunday): The View From Everywhere

The final theme for the week , the View From Above, is all about thinking of one’s place in the grand whole of things (something of which the Stoics were quite fond). I took the picture I’m using in this post … Continue reading

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Stoic Week 2015 (Saturday): Oh, Dear…

Here’s the thing about adversity: even when you brace yourself for it, even when you know it’s coming and there’s no way to stop it, getting hit still hurts. It doesn’t matter how Stoic you are — pain does not … Continue reading

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Stoic Week 2015 (Friday): Human, All Too Human…

Today’s theme is other people — how we relate to them, how we get along as/in a society, that sort of thing. The morning meditation from Marcus Aurelius (Meditations 2.1) neatly encapsulates, I think, both an ideal and a problem … Continue reading

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