15 June 2011


A.  Slavoj Žižek may be right about The Sound of Music.  Apparently a popular German political song during the Third Reich had the chorus "Adolf Hitlers Lieblingsblume ist das schlichte Edelweiß."  Translation:  "Adolf Hitler's favorite flower is the simple Edelweiß."  Maybe all those singing von Trapp kids aren't as harmless as they seem.

B.  Žižek is, despite the above, just a kind of entertainer who likes playing the game of philosophical inversions with his own "hermeneutic of suspicion", brewed from a mix of pop culture and Jacques Lacan. We recommend his film performances, especially The Pervert's Guide to Cinema.

C.  Ernest Hemingway has fantastic titles.  When I was young, I was overwhelmed with the excellence of the phrase "For Whom the Bell Tolls".  Then early on in high school I discovered its source.  A quick collection of great titles (with a bias for things ready at hand, either mentally or physically):

  1. The Sound and the Fury
  2. As I Lay Dying
  3. The Sun Also Rises
  4. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent.
  5. The First Circle
  6. The Sickness Unto Death
  7. Fear and Trembling
  8. Absalom, Absalom!
  9. Long Day's Journey Into Night
  10. The Iceman Cometh
  11. Mourning Becomes Electra
  12. Paradise Lost
  13. The Ticklish Subject
  14. The Sublime Object of Ideology
  15. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce