Rereading Bertrand Russel’s incomparable “history of western philosophy”:
There are so many beautifully phrased passages in this. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed it the first time around.
On the last page of the pre-Socrates chapter (following the rising status of alcohol ). Russel quotes “the most balanced” view “But there can be no doubt, that to the Greeks, the phenomonon of ecstasy suggests that the Soul was something more than a feeble double of the self, that it a only when ‘out of body’ that it could show us true nature… ”
I haven’t got the book on me right now so this quotation is disjointed…
I also caught the first couple of episodes in Buffy, Season 6. The majority of the season is a meandering mess, but my God, it starts so well! It is the only time I can stand the Spuffy relationship, and this is coming from an ex-Spuffy shipper! Also, Sarah Michelle Gellar had really good hair!
Um, what else… The Olympics!! I am a mad fan of the games and I watch almost everything. I always loved the swimming competitions, but since I’ve learnt to stay alp float in the water myself, I am enjoying the races even more! It is also such a great way to improve my own techniques, watching the true pros at it.
AMC has their MOB WEEK on right now and I’ve already seen The Godfather I & II. Is it strange that i am always amazed at how brilliant Brando is on screen? It is such a shame that he was replaces in II. De NIro is great, no doubt – but still.
I am still on a wacky schedule for the next few days. But once everything is settled, I’ll push out those drafts.