Partially Naked Self-Examination Music Blog, Week 22

To apologize for many weeks now of old (i.e. poorly recorded) and (in the case of the “classical pieces”) near unlistenable material, I’ve now newly encoded and posted the entirety of my “Mark Lint and the Fake Johnson Trio” album: http://marklint.com/FJTalbum.html. This is probably my single strongest collection of tunes. The recording quality is decent […]

Will Your Genes Marry Mine?

Slate reviews the latest excretion of pseudo-scientific, evolutionary psychology-based aspirational ethics, as incorporated into a marriage self-help book: Tara Parker-Pope, the earnest health reporter for the New York Times, promises a new wrinkle in the self-help genre with her book, For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage. Her basic premise is that there exists […]

A Note on Kant’s Conception of Space and Time

Regarding space and time (and responding to Erik at http://www.partiallyexaminedlife.com/2010/05/14/episode-19-kant-what-can-we-know/): Kant is explicitly worried about the same thing that troubled Leibniz, which is there is a discord between mathematics and the concrete — what we consciously see and touch in the world “out there.” Leibniz was concerned with the paradox of the continuum: that points can […]

Partially Naked Self-Examination Music Blog, Week 21

Continuing this thread, a multi-movement horn trio: “Ron Visits the Land of Insanity.” I think these undoubtedly very talented music school players practiced this once together before coming into my class to try to get through this, and I put them through some mighty indignities including trombone parts written much too low and choreographed coughing. […]

The Philosophy of Sarah Palin

Is it anything Like the Tao of Pooh? Andrew Sullivan quotes Slavoj Zizek’s latest: Earlier generations of women politicians (Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, up to a point even Hillary Clinton) were what is usually referred to as “phallic” women: they acted as “iron ladies” who imitated and tried to outdo male authority, to be “more […]

Music with One Finger: Rumi Music

My involvement with non-Western philosophy has been pretty limited overall, and one fellow I’d not run into was 13th century Persian mystical love poet and philosopher Rumi, though I see now I have a book with a couple pages of Rumi aphorisms in it in the “Contemporary Sufism” chapter such as “To the ignorant, a […]

The War on Dogs

A Drug Raid Goes Viral – Reason Magazine. Shooting the family’s dogs isn’t unusual, either. To be fair, that’s in part because some drug dealers do in fact obtain vicious dogs to guard their supply. But there are other, safer ways to deal with these dogs than shooting them. In the Columbia case, a bullet fired […]

The War on Dogs

A Drug Raid Goes Viral – Reason Magazine. Shooting the family’s dogs isn’t unusual, either. To be fair, that’s in part because some drug dealers do in fact obtain vicious dogs to guard their supply. But there are other, safer ways to deal with these dogs than shooting them. In the Columbia case, a bullet fired […]

An Analytic Philosopher Grapples with “Soul”

If Star Trek’s Data were to write about the soul, it might be this self-parodyingly soulless: Soul talk is expressive in the same way as other nondescriptive utterances, like “oh my God” or “ouch” or “yuck” or (with head nodding to music) “Yeah, that’s funky.” There is no clear referent for those. They don’t seem […]

Partially Naked Self-Examination Music Blog, Week 20

Here’s another, earlier music composition class piece of weirdness: “Argument Leading to Death.” I’m thinking now that my week 19 entry was likely from the early spring of 1993, while this one was from late fall of 1992 in the previous semester’s class. I think I decided it would require less effort this time around […]

Partially Naked Self-Examination Music Blog, Week 19: Patriotism

This week I’ve dived into digitizing old cassette tapes and waded through a couple of unlistenable options before coming across this thing that you might find interesting. “What happens in music composition class stays in music composition class,” goes the old saying, but I’m letting out some of the hell: a song called “Patriotism,” composed […]