hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009
The WWW is kind of awesome. I was fairly sure that the Aldous Huxley essay "Comfort" would not be on the web, as it's pretty obscure, I only read it in a 1943 anthology edited by Somerset Maugham. But sure enough, one person has posted it on their blog, and it's about the only bit of English writing on their site, the rest is in an Asian script I don't know. I'm guessing, because the front picture shows first-world prosperity, that it's Japanese or Korean. Other than the Huxley essay, the other English on the site is a link to a J. Krishnamurti biography, a link to the The Road Less Traveled, and a quote from Walden. Also, there are many posts about Maslow and the Hierarchy of Needs. Rather than read the blog, it's almost more fun to look at the pictures and speculate what's going on inside this Japanese(?) blogger's head.


Another Deep Thought:

" if Sloth overtakes Love, Beatrice is lost in the Siren, the romantic Image in the pseudo-romantic mirage" - Charles Williams, via Dorothy Sayers, "Dante and Charles Williams".