And Now For Something Completely Different

If I was a book in a library, then I'd finally be free

In Which I Explain a Few Things

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The clever title is borrowed from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, who in turn borrowed it from a then popular BBC segment. The caption is a verse I wrote to an old American folk-song, Mole in the Ground. There are many versions and takes on it. This is one of my favorite.

My interests: The way people talk, love beyond narcissism, anarchism/autonomy/interdependence, Ursula K. LeGuin’s introduction to “The Left Hand of Darkness” wherein she makes a very powerful statement about the vocation of the science fiction writer and its relationship to truth-telling, the nature and distribution of work, radio, economic anthropology, market totalitarianism, self-love as individuating and communizing process, changing attitudes toward work and the work-ethic, organization, transactional language in nonmarket settings, compassion, the divine quotidian, the abstract character of the real world, the politics of work, boundaries and their psychopomps, psychedelia, gender as performance vs. gender as identity, bad faith and faith proper, the Absolute, sin and grace, samsara and nirvana, civilization and its discontents, bicycling and bicycle touring, desire and how not to cede it, the reality in illusion, habit and spontaneity, the unconscious, universality and multiplicity, peace, evolutionary theory, jokes, the organization of knowledge, riddles, the sensuous expression of freedom, political economy, Stephen Jay Gould’s concept of “spandrels” applied to everyday life, poetry, religion, urbanism and political geography, Instant Runoff Voting, the infinitely small, myth, the critique of violence.


Written by Joe

April 22, 2007 at 6:32 pm

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  1. hey, i’m a fan of monty python too, i would like to invite you to have a look at the page i’ve realized about them 🙂

    Gareth From Squidoo

    December 1, 2007 at 10:36 am

  2. My fellow on Orkut shared this link with me and I’m not dissapointed at all that I came here.

    How to Get Six Pack Fast

    April 15, 2009 at 8:47 am

  3. Interesting texts.

    It will be great if you add a mail subscription for new entries.



    April 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm

  4. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.


    September 10, 2009 at 6:23 am

  5. Severely off-topic, but I was wondering if you’d be interested in a project I’m aiming at a number of the blog authors in the continental philosophy blogosphere. Specifically, I’m interested in developing a mailing list that would act as a “back channel” for discussion across a range of minds, the virtue of which is on-going, long-form discussion that bridges the gap between blog comments sections and email. If this interests you, let me know at what[dot]is[dot]ground[at]gmail[dot]com.


    April 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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