Thought Like a Dog Leaping*


Asking whether something is correct or wrong—or in the case of aesthetics, good or bad—is the least interesting question we can ask of something. Both the negative and positive conclusions foreclose thought. If negative, we dismiss the thing and inquiry stops. Or, and this is a little better, we delight…

Pure Shatnerity


I knew Billy's character was shaped in fistfights with hostile goys as a kid, but a grandfather named "Wolf?" That's more Kirk than Kirk. From The Encyclopedia Judaica, vol 18: "SHATNER, WILLIAM (1931– ), Canadian actor-writer.  Shatner was born in Montreal. His paternal grandfather, Wolf Shattner, had changed the family…

Not by Fate, But Art


Epitaph for a Doctor (from the Greek)Here lies the urn of Hippocrates, who lived in Thessaly, born in Cous of the seed of immortal Phoebus.He repeatedly snatched trophies from diseasewith the armaments of medicine,and earned great praise not by fate, but art.44 Epitatphium Medici (E Graeco)Thessalus Hippocrates, Cous genere, hac…