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The Pursuit of Happiness 
An Overview of the Course

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Beginning in August of 1999, I gave a series of eight lectures on “The Pursuit of Happiness: Read more …

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What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 10 of 10

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In August of 1999, I started an eight-week lecture course called “What Socrates Knew: Plato on Art, Wisdom, and Happiness.”  Read more …

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What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 9 of 10

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What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 8 of 10

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What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 7 of 10

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Note: After a long hiatus, we will be running philosophy lectures on Wednesdays again. Read more …

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Interview with Chip Smith on Anti-Natalism, Cosmic Pessimism, & his Plans for the Future

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The conclusion of my interview with Chip Smith of Nine-Banded Books deals with anti-natalism, cosmic pessimism, H. P. Lovecraft, Hollister Kopp’s Gun Fag Manifesto, and other future 9BB publications.

Anti-natalism is the theme of two of your titles: Jim Crawford’s Confessions of an Antinatalist and the forthcoming title by Sarah Perry, Every Cradle is a Grave. What attracts you to anti-natalism?  Read more …

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Postmodernism, Hedonism, & Death

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“Postmodernism” is one of those academically fashionable weasel words like “paradigm” that have now seeped into middlebrow and even lowbrow discourse. Those of us who have fundamental and principled critiques of modernity quickly learned that postmodernism is not nearly postmodern enough. Read more …

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Pulp Fiction, Part 2

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The Gold Watch

We first encounter boxer Butch Coolidge at the beginning of Part 3, “Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace’s Wife.” The setting is a tittie bar owned by Marsellus Wallace. Read more …

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Pulp Fiction

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Parts 1 & 2

Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is one of my favorite movies. I didn’t want to like it. I didn’t even want to see it. Everything I’d heard made me think it would be thoroughly nihilistic and quite unpleasant. But then someone at a party described Pulp Fiction as a movie about “greatness of soul at the end of history,” and that caught my attention, Read more …

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