In a deep well, reflections on reading Haruki Murakami’s Wind-up Bird Chronicle

It is a rare writer who can combine the spectra of recent history in its full horror, the dreams of love, and the mysteries of the soul. So is Monsieur Murakami. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle was published in Japan in 1995, and once again, I regretted my inability to read the novel in the writer's language. … Continue reading In a deep well, reflections on reading Haruki Murakami’s Wind-up Bird Chronicle

#DailyPrompt: Pick your Potion #Armagnac

It is like diving into Rabelais' s writing, following the Gargantua, or perhaps meditating on Monsieur Montaigne. What is there to say, about Armagnac? The grapes, the sand, les jeunes filles en fleur, during the harvest... Yes, it's Monsieur Proust in a bottle!   Image: Ernest Hébert (1817-1908), Ophélie - 1876

#AtoZAprilChallenge: Utilitarian

 "Utilitarianism is a theory in normative ethics holding that the proper course of action is the one that maximizes utility, usually defined as maximizing happiness and reducing suffering. Classic utilitarianism's two most influential contributors are Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill." (English Wikipedia) From Williams’ Keywords: “Utilitarian has one complication: that it is a description of a particular philosophical system, which in … Continue reading #AtoZAprilChallenge: Utilitarian