Posts tagged "Roger Scruton"

Another Week Ends: Gucci Addictions, Narcissism Epidemics, DFW, Phone vs. Heart, PZ on Drones (on CNN), R. Crumb, Tale of Two Suedes, and Kung Fu Grandpa

1. The author of the original Friday Night Lights, Buzz Bissinger, dropped as offbeat and not-quite-repentant a tale of addiction on GQ this month as I have ever come across. A convergence of shopping and sex addiction rooted in Law-induced despair (never being able to measure up to initial success) and plain old powerlessness, the circumstances are so outrageous you almost wonder if it’s a prank. Like many an addict/human being, Bissinger is peculiar mix of self-loathing and self-indulgence, both fearful and proud at the same time, his smatterings of wisdom covered up by layers of misanthropic confusion and a…

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Can You Hear Me Now? Spiritualized on Transcendence, The Ache and Rock n Roll Redemption

We are privileged to be able to bring you this beast of an essay from Daniel Matthew Varley on one of our favorite bands (more info about Dan at the bottom):


Spiritualized’s 2003 album, Amazing Grace, features a cover photo of a bare outstretched female arm, elbow slightly bent, hand completely open, its fingers limp and arranged not unlike Adam’s in Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. The image suggests, if one is even just passingly familiar with Spiritualized’s works’, that this arm is prepared for an injection of drugs into its veins.

Jason Pierce, the sole consistent member of Spiritualized, has never…

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To School Oneself in the Art of Loving

Brilliant! A preview of his recent book, The Uses of Pessimism: And the Danger of False Hope, finds philosopher Roger Scruton defending negative thinking. He makes the connection that we are most interested in, namely, that a “pessimistic” view of human potential is a necessity if one is to love another person, that even if it weren’t born out in scripture and experience, a “low anthropology” is important for the compassion it enables and the contempt/self-righteousness it softens. Or as Southern writer Reynolds Price once said, “The whole point of learning about the human race presumably is to give it…

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