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Archive for November, 2008

I suspect that much of (the likely few) updates for the rest of the semester will be similar to this: signposts to other more interesting and thorough posts. Part of it is due to laziness and part to a little bit of weariness; I’ve written ten 2ooo word essays over the past few weeks on a variety of different things, and will be doing two more by Monday. The pace is a bit much to keep up with, but my writing is improving exponentially. I’ve noticed it more with the writing process. My note-taking and research has become much more streamlined and efficient lately.

For my last few essays, I’ll be focusing on Nietzsche and Heidegger in Post-Kant, and Augustine’s Semiotics and likely City of God for my other tutorial. In the meantime I will also be working on an independent, more substantial project on ‘The Idiot’ by Dostoevsky. I originally wanted to include some of my thoughts on the various essay topics during this semester, but with time constraints, I think those will have to wait for a few months and take shape more in the form of reflections.

Anyways, I wanted to pass on an excellent article at The Other Journal by Carl Raschke called ‘The Dark Knight of Postmodern Politics’.

The article is wide-ranging, but has some exceptional political commentary and uses Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ as a drawing point for semiotics. The Dark Knight is more complicated film than I think most people suspect, and this is a very interesting reading of it. I’ve read various other thoughts on it, and another reading presents the Joker as the true hero of the movie, as well as provides some pretty good character analysis. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that The Dark Knight is a semiotic masterpiece, and I’m beginning to think It’s Nolan’s best work to date. I’m looking forward to viewing it again soon.

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My Birthday Gift to Myself

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I’ve been feeling the need to engage with Barth for some time now, and decided to use my birthday as an excuse to pick this up. Looking forward to it over Christmas break. Should be some nice, light reading. … …

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article5063279.ece

The Republicans have made a last-minute attempt to prevent Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House by trying to recruit an Oxford academic to “prove” that his autobiography was ghostwritten by a former terrorist.

I thought this was funny. I’m attending lectures on David Hume by this professor. The next one is tomorrow, but I have to miss it, unfortunately. I wonder if he will talk about this? I’ve got a few friends who should be at the lecture, so I’ll post if I hear anything.

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