Wednesday, February 04, 2009

25 Things About Me and Kierkegaard

You probably got this annoying viral thing on Facebook, as did I, and completed it faithfully so to amuse and not offend your imaginary Facebook friends, you poor, POOR, pathetic losers...

Here was my typically E@L take:


Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) [NO!] then click publish.)

1. I don’t do lists
2. I don’t do lists
3. I don’t do lists
4. I don’t do lists
5. I don’t do lists
6. I don’t do lists
7. I don’t do lists
8. I don’t do lists
9. I don’t do lists
10. Is this a list?
11. I don’t do lists
12. I don’t do lists
13. I don’t do lists
14. I don’t do lists
15. I cannot approach
16. a task without
17. thinking of some
18. way to sub
19. vert it
20. I don’t do lists
21. I don’t do lists
22. I don’t do lists
23. I don’t do lists
24. OK, I'll do this one.
25. But otherwise, I don't do lists


Another thing I could add to this list (if I took anything seriously) is that I exhibit a futile persistence in trying to understand books way above my reading age. But this bit of Kierkegaard I liked because it presages something of what I have been putting together, well sorta together, in my pea-brain as a pathetic simulacrum of a plot for the book you and I both know I will never get around to writing. I think I might use it as the "pre-"thingummy, you know - the quote at the start, on page xxiv. (See, I can't write a book: I already have old-folks' lethelogica*! It's too late for me!)

" regard death as a conclusion is a deceitful evasion, for death is related quite indifferently to the premise of a man's life, and therefore is not a conclusion of any sort." S. Kierkegaard. The Book On Adler. (Introduction)

There is a great deal of 'amusing' stuff (to me) in the Kierkegaard book, about "premise-authors" (bad) and "essential-authors" (good).

The following revelation (ha ha, the hordes of you who intimately know the book can chortle along with me at that witty crack) made such a strong impression on me that I just HAD to put in my blog this evening. Guess what sort of an author that makes me?

"Nowadays one takes for a revelation any strong impression, and the same evening puts it in the newspaper." S Kierkegaard op cit.


* This is about the only word you never forget when you suffer from it.


savannah said...



*no, actually laughing out loud*

but, i do have to say, sugar, that y'all amuse the hell out of me, not that i ever really, truly understand what y'all are saying, but i guess, it's the way y'all say it!


(damn y'all's hide for inviting me to facebook!)

expat@large said...

Someone (that'd be Tom) told me this joke on the weekend,and I actually laughed:

Werner Heisenberg, Kurt Gödel, and Noam Chomsky walk into a bar.

Heisenberg turns to the other two and says, "Clearly this is a joke, but how can we figure out if it's funny or not?"

Gödel replies, "We can't know that because we're inside the joke."

Chomsky says, "Of course it's funny. You're just telling it wrong."


savannah said...

ok, y'all ain't right, but dammit, sugar, i did laugh! ;)

and to think, i've said yes to you and more than once!

(thanks for the present, darlin!)

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