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“There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.”
― Albert Camus
These books deeply influenced my world view:
Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy, On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense, Beyond Good and Evil, Human, All Too Human and The Antichrist.
Camille Paglia’s Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, especially the introductory chapter.
Marquis de Sade’s Philosophy in the Bedroom, especially the chapter Yet Another Effort, Frenchmen, If You Would Become Republicans.
Thomas Ligotti’s Conspiracy Against the Human Race.
Epicurus’ Letters, Principal Doctrines and Vatican Sayings.
Mikhail Bakhtin’s Rabelais and His World: Carnival and Grotesque.
Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.
Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death.
Have you got kamelåså? I laugh out loud every time I watch this video (link on the title of the post).
One of my favourite operas is Akhnaten, composed by Philip Glass in 1983. The classic recording of the performance, by the Stuttgart State Opera, is available on Spotify. Just search for “Akhnaten” and you will find it. Oddly enough, it doesn’t come up if you search for “Philip Glass”.
I used to own the same recording in cassette tapes, back in the early 90s. 20 years later, I still love it. I have been listening to the opera daily since last Friday and I can’t get enough of it. Good times.
A life-sized human-like listening device. Now you can have your own Lady Gaga as an artificial companion. Japan, you never cease to amaze me.
An interesting article about the growing tensions between China and Japan. The map shows clearly the overlapping air-defence zones of both countries.
Here we go again. A new design for the blog, a new beginning. I will try my best to post directly here, without using ADN or IFTTT.