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Edgar Allen Poe on Thinking

“That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.” -Edgar Allan Poe Posted on 12 December 2013 | 10:27 am

Too Busy to Think

“One feels very lonely in this country; this has to do in particular with the fact that everyone is very busy and that for most people the need for leisure simply ceases to exist after a certain amount of time.” – Hannah Arendt to Gershom Scholem, November 4, 1943 Hannah Arendt had lived for a…Read more Too Busy to Think Posted on 28 May 2013 | 11:22 am

Thinking Metaphors

This Quote of the Week post was first published on August 27, 2012. “What connects thinking and poetry [Dichten] is metaphor. In philosophy one calls concept what in poetry [Dichtkunst] is called metaphor. Thinking creates its “concepts” out of the visible, in order to designate the invisible.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch, vol. 2, p. 728 (August…Read more Thinking Metaphors Posted on 22 April 2013 | 1:15 pm

“If”

My girlfriend and I walked by a clothing storefront and noticed the print on some of the t-shirts at the lower right corner of the window and went in. She had mentioned this Imaginary Foundation (IF) before. They make print t-shirts. I went to school at an expensive liberal arts college in the Hudson Valley—everyone…Read more “If” Posted on 6 February 2013 | 11:18 am