Kafka’s writing on the borderlands of dream and thought

Over at Open Culture, there is a fascinating post on a recent medical study linking the enigmatic narratives of Franz Kafka to his somnia. A doctor has claimed in The Lancet that Kafka's texts show markers of a kind of lucid dreaming induced by lack of sleep. http://www.openculture.com/2017/07/how-insomnia-shaped-franz-kafkas-creative-process.html

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A new dark age

A reblogged post from early 2016.
Dark pessimism or seed of hope?

The Burning Archive

It is a dark age when learning is despised; when violence prowls our streets; when the cherished teachings of our wisest culture falls disused and forgotten. Apocalypses are not fashionable, though innovation and disruption are. We celebrate the piracy of wanton wealth and mock the traditionalists who sit in their cells and speak alone with their gods in the poems without which they could not love.

In the ruins of the crises of the tenth century, Western European culture was born and indeed so was the glory of Kievan Rus. Monasticism, a resurgent faith and a reform of the church, a flowering Renaissance, the emergence of order in modern government, law, conscience, mysticism and on it goes. Who will speak like Abelard and Heloise across the centuries in this new dark age?

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The revolutionary

Revolutionary lost its threat as a word sometime in recent decades. Revolutionary is now just another exaggeration from the advertisers in today's commerce-drowned world. But I recall within decades people who still lived their lives by this creed. It is said that the splendidly delusive Australian Marxist or Maoist revolutionary and historian, Humphrey McQueen truly... Continue Reading →

Travelling in Vietnam

I have not posted for a month because I have been travelling on a family holiday to Vietnam, with some side trips to Angkor  Wat in Cambodia and the beach in Northern New South Wales. The trip itself was a rite of passage, marking the end of childhood as both our children have now finished... Continue Reading →

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