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Search Terms II

In Meta, Poems on December 12, 2010 at 3:31 pm

M. Standfast, Kyoto

Editors Note: This is the second list of search terms that have led readers to the site.  Glad to see such commonly googled terms such as “cartoon its only til the mail server is back up” continue to drive traffic here at Sympathies.

+”my dinner with andre” +”andre gregory”
“beehive” “my dinner with andre”
follow up to my dinner with andre
neuronal net

neuron flashing
detailed neuron
neuron draw
fly giant neuronn

i can always live in my plays, but i can’t live in my life.
i could always live in my art but never in my life
walter benjamin hashish in marseilles
hashish in marseilles walter benjamin

post modern classicism
post structuralism architecture
structuralism architecture
classicism cartoon

cartoon its only til the mail server is back up
cartoons of structuralism
puritan cartoon
cartoon of an anonymous letter

erving goffman backstage
interaction ritual erving goffman+summary
tearoom trade
erving golffman, public bathrooms

phrophet saul
conversion of paul
paul the apostle
paul the apostle cartoon

forget me not-oldest poems
“man’s self-production is always, and of necessity, a social enterprise”
modern stairs
emerging from an egg

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Search Terms Leading to Sympathies

In Free Floating on July 1, 2009 at 11:48 pm

M. Standfast, Kyoto.

Editor’s Note: The following post is a list of rearranged search terms that have led readers to the site. Many of these are self-explanatory; a few are sightly more out of orbit. Apparently, these are our major concerns.

classical sympathies
classical sympathies word
classical sympathies blog
“write for sympathies”

post-modern classicism
jm coetzee panel
michelle-irene brudny
jonathan dee cheever

“jonathan dee”
zadie smith new york review of books
david foster wallace kafka
judith butler

erving goffman
erwin goffman
goffman stigma

tim chanecka
andrew chanecka
i”ll so offend to make offense a skill,
“the snakehead”

“let’s lawn it”
ronald reagan’s necktie bar signed
6th street dance studio miami

berger & luckmann
luckmann identity
berger and luckmann social construction
berger and luckman identity social fact

carver fires
raymond carver fires explain
raymond carver little things analysis es
writing poetry

ideas for serious poems
i know you all and will awhile uphold th
zizek mash altman conformist
not wiser than a daw

prince hal”s dirge meaning
prince hal sympathetic falstaff
prince hal throw off
loudon wainwright -mp3 -tickets -ebay

poli sci
the first fountain pen

classical sympathies matthew
“matthew thomas” kyoto
“matthew thomas” homosexual

kind of necktie
construct a spiral

Collected Rants

In Classicism, Ranting on May 14, 2009 at 9:21 pm


Editor’s Note: In the interest of post-consolidation, and as a means of putting off having to write something new, we are consolidating several shorter posts into a handful of longer ones.  This post collects three rants, and are arranged in the order in which they were posted.  Puritano’s was not originally labeled a rant, but we detected the seeds of hysteria therein, and so it was designated.

“On the Classics, a Rant”
Dean Williams, Kyoto

When science arrives it expels literature.

Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

In science, read by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Note: The italicized unattributed quotations are from Shakespeare.


Take counsel of some wiser head.

I wish to speak to my brothers and sisters, my fellow seekers. The others, fortunate souls, may leave the hall. Don’t go far though, I’ll be wanting to speak to you soon. Thank you.

Now we’re alone and may talk candidly, with ruthless honesty, as only family members may with each other. Before I talk to them, I wanted to ask you a question of a private nature.

You, addict, reader. Why do you do it? You have spent oceans of time on an activity that has brought you…what? What great gift, what life advantage have your countless hours poring over books brought you? Economists speak of “opportunity costs”, the hidden price we pay for a transaction that takes resources away from some other possible investment that we could have engaged in had we not chosen the one we did. You have paid a price for your years bent over the page, depend upon it, fellow-sufferers. You could have learned a language or two, become proficient enough in computers to earn a living, saved thousands of dollars on books many of which you have not and will never read. I ask you again, what have you gained?

Knowledge? The others, the lucky ones I asked to leave…have they not profited enough from their more casual gleanings, are they not able to take part competently in discussions of literature, symposia on historical questions, all the myriad forms of financial, intellectual and personal communication? Do they not know things? This, even though they do not believe, are not committed, do not, when asked the simple question, “Is knowledge the most important thing of all to you”, respond gloomily, “Yes…” but cheerily retort, “No, living is the most important thing to me. I use knowledge to live better.” They sip the wine, they do not tilt the bottle up and drain it; they smoke a joint or two, they do not have track marks on their arms. They acquire knowledge to live better lives. Oh, how I despise them. The faithful parishioner, back bent and eyes rheumy, hands shaking as he lights the candle in the church which he has faithfully visited all these years, how does he feel when architectural enthusiasts come in for a few minutes to ooh and aah over the stained glass and the icons before trotting out to lunch. Does he smile when they drop a coin or two in the collection box? Does he pity them, the unbelievers, the casual enthusiasts? Or does he envy them?

One could go on, one could mention the considerable and historic disjuncture between knowledge and power or financial rewards or fame. Truman said, “The world is run by C students.” This has always been true, perhaps it will always be true. My purpose here is not to whine, it is simply to remind you before we go on the stage, before I call them back in, that this is a fight; no, it is a war, and one with real consequences.  Who and what should our young learn about? Should some forms of knowledge be privileged over others? And what should we as human beings know? Or,  Kant’s fundamental questions:

1) What can I know?

2) What ought I to do?

3) For what may I hope?

4) What is a human being?

In 2009 the educational professional or government official (may they burn, writhing in the flames of hell) would say the first two questions are ‘curricular  or educational policy issues’ and Kant’s questions are ‘abstract philosophy’ or ‘navel-gazing’ or something worse. I say they are mechanics, unimaginative, narrow-minded and short-sighted functionaries who are responsible for most of the ills of this world.

Of course you, in your messy and wonderful way, have been struggling with these…can I really call them..questions—for a long time. You didn’t always know why, you didn’t have even a semblance of a plan, but that’s what you have been doing. And you are not alone, oh no. You are not many, but there are others out there. On an even more personal note, may I tell you that my favorite family members are the ones still “in the closet.” That is, they think they are learning because they are in some formal academic program or “just like to read.” But you are as different from those others as “Firmament from Fin.” (Dickinson) The intellectual fashion of the times is uncomfortable with elitism, especially of the intellectual variety. And so I do not blame you for cringing a bit when I speak of this way, or even when you think to yourself, “He still thinks individuals call the shots, how quaint.” It is true,

I am no wiser than a daw.

But it is not about wisdom, it’s not about knowledge, it is about belief. Later I hope to bring in the big artillery and talk about how important knowledge is, and knowledge of certain realms, certain aspects of human life. But for now, let me leave you, the unvanquished if unrecognized inheritors, with the question I began with: what has your singular devotion brought you? Are you still parishioners? Do you still believe? Or are you here to check out the stained glass?
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