Friday, April 24, 2009


I need to start updating this thing again. I have found myself with an abundance of time recently, which I really do enjoy, and am hopefully putting to good use. I recently read In Milton Lumky Territory, a non-sf novel by Philip K Dick, and have started to read Specters of Marx, by Derrida. I am six pages in, and I already know that I will probably need a translator. On the second page, he goes into a bracketed side thought. The close bracket for this thought is on page seven. Linearity of thought is not something that Derrida is capable of. 

I have a couple of things I want to write on, but I don't think I am going to flesh them out just yet. 

1) The identity of the 2000's. We seem to so easily identify things; movies, songs, from earlier decades and date them. The 70's are unmistakable, as are the 80's. The 90's a bit less so, but especially early on, it's hard not to mistake a 90's-ness. But of the 2000's? 

Maybe the identities of each decade were labled after the fact, with history hiding a diverse reality for simplicity's sake. Maybe people collectively remember a certain number of defining characteristics in order to identify with one another.

It's possible that culture has become less centralized, and the 2000's will be harder to define than previous decades. It's also possible that I'm missing the forest for the trees, and my only visions of previous decades are drawn out and labled for me. 

2) I also need to do more reflecting on religion. I'm sure that this will consist of more than one post. 

3) Come this fall, I will be a Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. I shall do some reading on some of their papers and add thoughts, perhaps?

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