Wednesday, April 4, 2018
I bought the kindle edition of Professor Peterson's "12 Rules" (I thought) and then was dumbfounded to find a scraggly set of notes full of nonsequiturs and rather sloppy writing. I was nonplussed - How could Random House publish this un-proofed mess? It was absurd.
Hah-hah! (as Nelson would say). I had picked up someone's own notes on Peterson, sold as an ebook! No wonder it was relatively inexpensive.
So - I have as yet to actually READ Professor Peterson's well-received book. I will double-check the offerings on Amazon a little better next time....
Friday, March 30, 2018
My sons have been talking of this "new feller", Professor Jordan Peterson, and the HUGE splash he has been making in the cyber-world. From what I have gaathered so far, he's made of equal parts Joseph Campbell, Karl Jung, and Dr. Laura Schlesinger. I have yet to read his materials.
But the online response to his teaching and exhortations has been, as I said, HUGE. He's become an overnight Absurdity cure, apparently. So tonight I will begin his book, "12 Rules: an Antidote to Chaos". If indeed it's aimed at the problem of life in the modern world, it is ipso facto of interest.
Controversy surrounds him - so I make no pronouncements yet. Would it matter if I did so, prematurely? Not to the world, but to me - yes! Defective as I am, I still need to try to be fair and accurate.
I have read a critique of him published recently by another author I need to read - one Pankaj Mishra, author of "Age of Anger", about the general return to authoritarianism and violent nationalism and so on world-wide. Mishra's topic seems critical to me, watching from the sidelines as the world's bedbugs - Neo-Nazis, Tea Party-ists, and others of dubious intent - have come to the fore over the last decade or so.
More to come. Valete.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
For someone who is literate, I've really read very little in my life. And read a lot of it late, to boot.
The other night, passing a book store's dollar-rack, I perused it and picked up 'The Education of Henry Adams', and am enjoying it. I hasten to add that I have but begun it; as usual, I have about five different books in play; but I carry it with me daily.
His encounters and discoveries mirror mine in a significant way, in that he finds himself ever erroneous in his expectations, and finds all his education in astonishments, reversals, and dismay. To that degree, I am continually heartened as he relates the twists and turns of his 19th century upper-crust career.
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