Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Horror stories

The two scariest things I've read lately are this essay by Karl Ove Knausgaard, especially this bit:
Killing another person requires a tremendous amount of distance, and the space that makes such distance possible has appeared in the midst of our culture. It has appeared among us, and it exists here, now.
And this from The Beetle Box, for instance:
A genuine commitment to mental health would entail radical commitments to other things: eradicating poverty, exploitation, sexual violence, racism, xenophobia,  sexism, homophobia and bringing a society with genuine educational opportunities for all its members, and the possibility of fulfilment through meaningful employment. Anything else is just putting a band-aid on a bullet wound. 
There's also this, of course.


  1. Halfway through Knausgaard's piece I am brought up short by a cartoon "funny" about vinyl that at first seems in bad taste but as I write this symptomatic of the disease. Showbiz.

  2. Witt=Kant?

    1. Thanks. I'm not sure that the Tractatus can be summed up in a blog post, but there are one or two ideas in there that I liked.