Last week was a sombre, grey, cold, rainy week. So today, when I wake to a cool morning but a bright, clear sky, and the sun promising warmth. And so, even if it’s only 57 degrees outside, I have all the windows open, hoping for and craving warmth and spring.
Many things to read today:
- A case for free/libre/open source software (FLOSS). I get the feeling the author is a man of the political left, but the case he’s laying out here nevertheless seems to have some fundamentally Burkean (and even oddly Wendell Berry-ian) aspects to it. I have felt that there is a Burkean case to be made for FLOSS for sometime now; I hope to essay on this sometime soon.
- Speaking of Burke, a brief primer on his intellectual consistency, his continuing relevance, and how what he feared continues to show itself as something we should find disconcerting in our contemporary politics.
- Baseball is upon us again, as spring training starts up. Two things, then–a discussion of the new GM of my favorite team, the Atlanta Braves, and a preliminary eulogy for the PawSox, that doubles as a meditation on the decline of certain varieties of American experience.
- Speaking of the decline of certain varieties of American experience, this account of Nebraska Cornhusker football sums up the cultural utility of sport for so much of “flyover country” so, so well. Long live the provinces.
- Finally, why is so much contemporary classical music so bad? A case that the undermining of authority and order, especially that of the Judeo-Christian worldview, makes classical music superfluous, and elevates pop music. I must say that I like a lot of contemporary classical music–well, I like minimalism. But minimalism seems to be a response to the atonal. And even the atonal may have certain emotive power (see, for instance, Jonny Greenwood’s score to There Will be Blood). But John Cage is garbage.
- Chekhov’s autobiography.
Johnny Greenwood’s “Popcorn Superhet Receiver”