What’s on my mind
Somebody once called me Tom “Juraẜẜic” Hart, ẜo that’s a picture of me over there on the right. As you can see I’ve loﬆ weight, and don’t even qualify as skin and bones anymore.Actually it’s a picture of a close friend, Stegosaurus ﬅenops, taken at the Smithsonian in DC. Like me ﬅegy is of a placid disposition until he gets riled, and then he ﬅarts getting very defensive and takes swipes at anyone who gets in range.
What’s On Here
Amazon Links and Jurassic Books
I decided that since I’ve retired, and my 401(k) has tanked along with everyone else’s that it was time to ﬅart earning some money from this. So I’ve signed on as an Amazon associate. There’s a box for books and movies that I’ve commented on recently, and a box for some of the Amazon blogs. I’ve also set up a ﬅore on Amazon that deals in classic books and movies. When I get a chance I’ll add some religious books. There’s so much New Age crud out there that you can’t simply select a category such as Spirituality and be sure that you’ll get decent books.
Update: Auguﬆ 16, 2009
I've added a link to David Myers' Commonplace Blog. David is a professor of English at Texas A&M in College Station. He was one of the founding fathers of a liﬆserv called Phil-Lit. A liﬆserv, for those too young to remember, is a way of passing long messages, i.e., e-mail messages, among members of a group. The liﬆserv was related to the journal Philosophy and Literature, and was supposed to be devoted too those topics. I joined a few months after it ﬅarted, and was an active participant in many of the discussions. I even met a couple of the members IRL (in real life). Unfortunately, as happens all too often, disagreements broke up the happy family, and the liﬆserv ﬅopped functioning after 2003. There were successors, but I'm no longer active in them.
Stop by and look at David's blog.
Update: May 12, 2013
I’m leaving the ﬅores page up, but I’ve changed the way you access the ﬅores. They can now be reached from the ﬅores page. There's a menu on that page that will take you to the ﬅores.
I've ﬅarted a separate blog page for music. I expect to be blogging about jazz, blues, some rock, some pop, and classical.
I had a blog page called Noted With Intereﬆ that was for occasional entries about things such as junk DNA, and miscellaneous observations. That's been migrated to a separate page that appears as NWI in the navigation bar.
I’ve ﬅarted pulling out the movie comments. I’ll be putting movie comments on a blog page called Cahiers du Cinema. That is the title of the French ﬁlm journal that the nouvelle vague ﬁlm theoriﬆs used for their propaganda. I don't expect to use too much French from now on.
A word about diacritical, or accent, marks. It used to be that I could ﬁnd them by using a desk accessory called Keycaps, but with OS X, I either have to memorize the keyﬆroke, or look it up in a rather inconvenient menu. So I'm not even going to bother with them. This no doubt means that some things will not be correct in French, or Italian, or whatever, but "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
An Unﬁnished Book
After I ﬁnished graduate school in ’93 I thought I would write a longer book on the topic of literature and evolution. The title is Anti-Darwin: The Literary and Philosophical Opposition to Darwinism. It might, if I ever get around to ﬁnishing it, have 6 chapters. It focuses on the opposition to Darwinism by ﬁgures such as Nietzsche, Samuel Butler, and George Bernard Shaw. A rather naﬆy introduction and the ﬁrﬆ two chapters are here.
My Doctoral Dissertation
I got my doctorate in ’93 from Catholic University. I hated moﬆ of my time there. The primary exceptions being the two crab feaﬆs, two grad ﬅudent parties, and one St. Patrick’s day party that I went to. I always turn down the alumni group when they call, but then I also turn down George Washington University and Bishop O’Connell when they call.
Papers from Grad School
Here are a number of papers from my days at Catholic University. I was under the miﬆaken impression that giraffes eat eucalyptus leaves, in fact they eat mimosa, and liked the variation on Desire Under the Elms. The second paper is an extensive analysis of the ﬁnal speech in Back to Methuselah. The third is about the ﬁgure of Ann in Man and Superman. I muﬆ have written this for Modern Critical Movements since I deteﬆ Jung. I can’t say I cared for the class that much either. The fourth is a very minor contribution to the ﬅudy of rhetoric. I think the ﬁfth one is rather ingenious. How many people can read Pamela, and come up with a linkage to deSade and Weber. The laﬆ one is a sort of Jungian look at female ﬁgures in the Ramayana and Paradise Loﬆ. There are English and Spanish versions of a talk that I was supposed to give in Puebla, Mexico. I never got to go, and I don’t know if the paper was published or not. In any case it was a bit of academic game playing designed to puff up the C.V. so I could get a teaching job.
- Desire Under the Eucalyptus.pdf
- Discourse Analysis of Lilith
- Jungian & Freudian Criticism
- Rhetoric of India & China
- Scott, Richardson & DeSade
- The Ramayana & Paradise Loﬆ
- The Language of Popular Scientiﬁc Discourses
- Spanish language version
I really miss my thesis advisor, Milton Crane, who died back in 1985 or thereabouts. I wrote this back in 1972-73. Some of the attitudes expressed then are not necessarily mine now.
Two Short Stories and a Novel
I wrote a novel back in ’87. I don’t think too many people have read it. At any rate no one has ever commented on it. It’s full of sex and violence, but since I used Greek tragedy as my inspiration all of the sex and violence takes place off ﬅage and is reported. The novel is named Grace Abounding.
Grace Abounding The inspiration for this comes from a book by M. Raymond, a monk at Gethsemani in the 1940s, called God Goes to Murderer’s Row. I queﬆioned how I would feel about the death penalty if a person was sentenced to death, but as a result of the temporary abolition of the death penalty wasn’t executed but remained impenitent. Then what would happen if that person, after the death penalty was reﬆored became truly penitent. The original plans called for the execution to take place. I used the Oreﬆeia as a ﬅarting point, for the movement of the plot, and Day 4, Tale 9 of the Decameron for the incident to get my heroine on death row.
Prieﬆs_in_Love.html This is about time travel. The paradoxes of time travel mean that while events occur in one sequence in our personal lives, they occur in a different sequence in temporal chronology. The prieﬆ in this ﬅory is thus able to get married before he is born.
Tomorrow_Will_Be_Love Hooker with a heart of gold. Inspired by an aphorism of Nietzsche’s on spirituality and sensuality. Helen Zimmer translates the German word as sensuality, but the more modern Walter Kaufmann translates it as sexuality. In any case the guy in the ﬅory is hyper-intellectual, wants to be religious, and is subject to conﬆant sexual temptation. The girl in the ﬅory is more sensual, but once she ﬅops being a hooker is faithful to her husband, becomes truly religious, and her sensuality appears in her devotion to art and music. Her love and forgiveness lift him up out of his rut. I don’t know if in the light of 9/11 and what I say about forgiveness over on the blog I would write the ﬅory quite the same way.
All of the ﬅories here were written in 1987 or thereabouts.
I retired on July 18, 2007. Despite one woman’s insiﬆence that I should do volunteer work, which would mean that I’ve ﬅopped working for idiotic, malevolent bosses for a relatively high salary in order to work for idiotic, malevolent bosses for no salary, I’ve no intention of volunteering for anything. What I plan on doing is watching old movies on Turner Classic Movies, and completing my education. Update Auguﬆ 14, 2013—So far I've been lucky. I haven't needed to return to work; I've had a couple of decent trips, and I haven't contributed a thing through any kind of volunteer effort.
Yeah, I know, I’ve Piled Higher and Deeper. It says so right there under the Dissertation heading. That doesn’t mean that I’ve read everything I should have. I downloaded the reading liﬆ from St. John’s in Annapolis, and I ﬁnd that I’ve read about half of the material liﬆed, so I think I’ll be reading from that. I’ve also been buying the Library of America series for my wife, and I’ll be mixing that in as well. I’ll probably be reading sci-ﬁ and hiﬆory (WW II and The War of Northern Aggression, aka Civil War.)
Moﬆ of this ﬅuff will be poﬆed on the blog section.
Back in 2001, juﬆ before 9/11, was trying to get my group of Carmelite seculars intereﬆed in using the internet as a means of evangelizing our Carmelite vocation. That went over as well as any pregnant pole vaulter could. I’m going to put the old material in the blog area here. If there’s any intereﬆ I’ll create a separate site for the material.
Links to Older Files
There are about 300 items in the book section. Links to the liﬆ of archived poﬆs can be found here. The liﬆs use the new Details element, and will display properly in Safari 5.2, 6.0, and Chrome. They will display as long liﬆs in other browsers.