Monday, June 03, 2024

It's a beautiful day, she says;
go outside. Her perfect grammar:
first, a declarative, then
an imperative. See, then do.

This reminds me
of her body: sometimes just
a statement of the facts;
sometimes, a command.

Friday, May 31, 2024

Monday, May 27, 2024

It is strategy, my love,
and tactics; not strategem
                        and tantrum.

Friday, May 17, 2024

As animals go, we are as passionate as we are reasonable, as intentional as we are rational. We count, but we also reach. We calculate and we manipulate. (We are calculating and manipulative.) We believe, but we also desire.

Spirited, we live—measure for measure, from pleasure to pleasure.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Love is an acute awareness of your freedom; wisdom, of your limits.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Passion is not irrationality, just as
our reasons are not antipathies.

Our feelings have nothing against thinking.
Sympathies are not banes of syllogism.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The culture war is about how happy you should be.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

If you're not with the warmongers, you're with the terrorists.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Books are not media.
They're right there.

I love the asocial immediacy of books.

Is it possible to know someone
without respecting
their resentments?

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Philosophy helps you to understand how you imagine facts.

Poetry helps you to obey how you imagine acts.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

It isn't a balance. There is no scale.

You want clarity in thought
and intensity in feeling;
your emotions should be strong
but your concepts, sharp.

You cannot simply weigh
your passions against your reasons.
You can only move into the light.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Friday, April 12, 2024

He said the quiet part out loud. Then, when we got to the hard part, he took it easy.

Sunday, April 07, 2024

The person is to politics as the thing to science. The rights of the people. The truth of things.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

We reject the false choice between being alone and being available.

There is no expertise about how the individual should relate to society.

There is only advocacy for one or the other.