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January 08, 2021


Did the poem get cut off here? It is much shorter than its model. I know, because my dog is named Ben Jonson.

I wish the poet would have continued and not stopped with the aspic, just when dinner is getting going. No cigars after dinner with Wittgenstein?

This poem really taught me something about the great linguistic philosopher and professor Wittgenstein. But what does it mean to eat rthe same food every day? Is this a parable like the hunger artist of Franz Kafka in reverse? Or is it a search for constancy in a universe of "uncertainty" and inconstant fortune?

Hey, Mack,

a bit of advice:

Don't kill yourself trying to figure it out.

Mack Dodson may be on to something. A. J. Ayer's 1984 book on W. is excellent. Favorite sentence: "To the extent that they are worth mentioning in this company, such French philosophers as Derrida and Foucault have busied themselves with sociology or with literary criticism." The verb in that sentence is perfectly chosen.

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I left it
on when I
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of coming back
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