Monday, December 7, 2009

The Great Panjandrum Himself

You will find the text with illustrations here, thanks to Project Gutenberg.

So she went into the garden
to cut a cabbage-leaf
to make an apple-pie;
and at the same time
a great she-bear, coming down the street,
pops its head into the shop.
What! no soap?
     So he died,
and she very imprudently married the Barber:
and there were present
the Picninnies,
     and the Joblillies,
               and the Garyulies,
and the great Panjandrum himself,
with the little round button at top;
and they all fell to playing the game of catch-as-catch-can,
till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their boots

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Changing and crossing

Would you want to read a book endorsed thusly?
"In this dazzling dialogue, Zizek and Milbank change words and cross swords, until the point where both recognize that Christ and Hegel, in their monstrosity, look very much alike. A phenomenal achievement!"
—Catherine Malabou, Maître de Conferences, Philosophy Department, Université Paris-X Nanterre
Of course you wouldn't. My pleasure. Don't mention it (the book, that is).

The book is entitled The Monstrosity of Christ. Paradox or Dialectic?. I don't know what it's called. The caterpillar would.