Saturday, November 23, 2019

Bob Kendrick on the Negro Leagues Museum

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The final frontier

I love Mr. Spock because he reminds me of you, I told my father. For the first time that night, I considered the possibility that he was going to survive it.
By Michael Chabon

...In “Star Trek” ’s imagined future, amid the rocks and under the red alien skies of Spock’s home world, Vulcans called that unflagging effort a “philosophy,” enshrined its founder, Surak, and looked with cool condescension on those who did not submit to its regime. But, as I would discover as an undergrad in the halls of the Philosophy Department at the University of Pittsburgh, a redoubt far stauncher than the planet Vulcan of a logic far fiercer than Surak’s, the Vulcan way had little to do with philosophy and even less to do with logic, and there was certainly nothing alien about it. It was just good old repression, of the sort practiced by human fathers, among others, for many long and illogical centuries.

I love Mr. Spock because he reminds me of you, I said... NewYorker

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Southern Festival of Books 2019

Strolled through the exhibitors pavilion, on the Legislative Plaza in Nashville, at the Southern Festival of Books yesterday. I've done that many times over the years, but because it's usually on a beautiful sunny crisp Fall day (like yesterday), I rarely go inside, into the legislative chambers or underground. One exception: the time I presented, in 2001. (A few others: Bill McKibben, a year or two earlier; Reynolds Price, Willie Morris...)

Fortunately, CSPAN BookTV now covers the festival so I can enjoy the sunshine and see the author appearances later. Connie Britton talked to Samantha Power today... and earlier I saw Paul Theroux at the Southern Festival of Books 2019...

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Give it up

Happy birthday Monty Python Accelerating Intelligence News