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Monday, January 11, 2016

Integrity, stability, beauty, harmony, ch-changes

“Oh look out now you rock and rollers / Pretty soon now you’re gonna get older.” And so another legendary mortal falls to earth to join the innumerable caravan, just two days after a birthday and the release of a new recording. Pleasant dreams, David Bowie. The living will continue to appreciate and celebrate your creative genius.

Speaking of... William James was born on this date in 1842. A pluralistic universe, he also knew, constantly changes.

The pioneering ecologist Aldo Leopold knew that too, and every friend of the eartth knows he wrote “a thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Not everyone knows he also said “harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.”

Lest I be accused of forgetting, and sowing seeds of domestic disharmony: happy birthday to my wife. Life goes on.

5:30/7:00, 14/40

William James, born on this day in 1842, on how to be extraordinary

Critchley in The Stone: Bowie belongs to a utopian tradition that longs for a “yes” within the cramped petty relentless “no” of Englishness.

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