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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Babe, You Turn Me On

Purchased the following:

The Beach Boys, Sunflower
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

Loaned the following from the library:

Uncle Tupelo, Anodyne

All of these albums were quite good, and the Nick Cave album is designed very well.

Also read Hicksville, which is a graphic novel about the comics industry and New Zealand culture, with a little bit of sex and humor thrown in. It was pretty good, albeit not nearly as good as Box Office Poison--another semi-autobiographical graphic novel about comics and relationships.

About halfway done with Nietzsche, The Man and His Philosophy by R.J Hollingdale, which is, so far, a very good background on Nietzsche's work, life, and temperament. The only thing I don't like about the book so far is that I got it from the library, which means some asshole has underlined various parts of the beginning chapters1 in pencil.

The school was fundamentally, as Richard Blunck says, a world of books: the students breathed the air not of modern Europe but of ancient Greece and Rome and of the Germany of Goethe and Schiller, and it is entirely in character as an ex-pupil of Pforta that Nietzsche should have become a professor of classical philology, since that is what the curriculum of Pforta seems best designed to produce. Mathematics and the sciences took a decided second place, and mathematics was Nietzsche's worst subject...

I'm sure it's easier for many people to get through some books by underlining what they feel are important parts, but first of all, it's a library book. Second, they always underline the stupidest parts.

1People who do this invariably only underline books like this in the beginning chapters--they never seem to finish the book, although I suppose it may be because they just didn't find anything interesting past page 38.


Blogger Ben said...

Whilst in college I used to enjoy highlighting words of no real importance, in the hopes of confusing whoever bought the book after me. I was something of a jackass.

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