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The truth about yourself will make you feel more alive. That's what Spinoza thought. The 17th-century philosopher thought happiness came from realizing one's nature. This may sound like Oprah and the Quest for the Real Me, but it's not quite the same. This is about essence, the fundamental stuff of existence, not psychotherapy. And anyway, Spinoza believed truth played a large role in realizing that essence. Oprah is more often about feeling better about yourself. Spinoza liked to watch spiders fighting to the death. It's doubtful he was looking to feel better. It might be doubtful that he felt much of anything.
Spinoza's theory of essence came to mind while reviewing a charming and also brutal new volume of poetry by Adam Zagajewski for the Pittsburgh City Paper. It's called Eternal Enemies (FSG) and the opponents in question are those dueling forces that couldn't exist without each other. Like men and women. In the wedding ode, "Epithalamium," Zagajewski equates the battle of the sexes with the battle of time and love. They fight, exerting "hours of anxiety, anger, even hatred / but also compassion, deep feeling." Perhaps in marriage the truth might be revealed so we can "see other beings / in their enigmatic, complex essence."
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Terry Teachout on the arts in New York City
Andrew Taylor on the business of arts & culture
rock culture approximately
Laura Collins-Hughes on arts, culture and coverage
Richard Kessler on arts education
Douglas McLennan's blog
Dalouge Smith advocates for the Arts
Art from the American Outback
For immediate release: the arts are marketable
No genre is the new genre
David Jays on theatre and dance
Paul Levy measures the Angles
Judith H. Dobrzynski on Culture
John Rockwell on the arts
Jan Herman - arts, media & culture with 'tude
Apollinaire Scherr talks about dance
Tobi Tobias on dance et al...
Howard Mandel's freelance Urban Improvisation
Focus on New Orleans. Jazz and Other Sounds
Doug Ramsey on Jazz and other matters...
Jeff Weinstein's Cultural Mixology
Martha Bayles on Film...
Fresh ideas on building arts communities
Greg Sandow performs a book-in-progress
Exploring Orchestras w/ Henry Fogel
Harvey Sachs on music, and various digressions
Bruce Brubaker on all things Piano
Kyle Gann on music after the fact
Greg Sandow on the future of Classical Music
Norman Lebrecht on Shifting Sound Worlds
Jerome Weeks on Books
Scott McLemee on books, ideas & trash-culture ephemera
Wendy Rosenfield: covering drama, onstage and off
Chloe Veltman on how culture will save the world
Public Art, Public Space
Regina Hackett takes her Art To Go
John Perreault's art diary
Lee Rosenbaum's Cultural Commentary
Tyler Green's modern & contemporary art blog