Happy Labor Day to all; I’ve been sick, and have used this opportunity of not laboring to rest, read, watch baseball. It has been glorious. Some things I’ve encountered recently, for your interest and perusal:
- On the usefulness of bad fiction, or, why writers who don’t write good sentences can still create fiction of real worth (this was on my mind the entire time I was reading Craig Johnson’s bad-but-really-great The Cold Dish, which I comment on here).
- As the new semester gets into full swing, a letter from a professor to her sophomores–and a reminder of the values of foolish wisdom to us all.
- On Labor Day, a compelling essay on the usefulness and virtues of laziness, and the vices of hard work. I both profoundly and disagree with things said here, sometimes within the same paragraph. It is worth muddling over.
- A consideration of the courageous political philosophy found in Beethoven’s music, and a warning against the authorial fallacy.
- Finally, what did Jane Austen look like?
Time to figure out something to read for tomorrow, and to do some coding. Happy September, y’all.