Category: Analects

Analects of the Core: Voltaire on indecisiveness

« Je voudrais savoir lequel est le pire, ou d’être violée cent fois par des pirates nègres, d’avoir une fesse coupée, de passer par les baguettes chez les Bulgares, d’être fouetté et pendu dans un auto-da-fé, d’être disséqué, de ramer en galère, d’éprouver enfin toutes les misères par lesquelles nous avons tous passé, ou bien […]

Analects of the Core: Voltaire on the pleasure of having no pleasure

Quand les deux curieux eurent pris congé de Son Excellence : « Or çà, dit Candide à Martin, vous conviendrez que voilà le plus heureux de tous les hommes, car il est au-dessus de tout ce qu’il possède. — Ne voyez-vous pas, dit Martin, qu’il est dégoûté de tout ce qu’il possède ? Platon a […]

Analects of the Core: Voltaire on Cunégonde’s disposition for the sciences

Un jour, Cunégonde, en se promenant auprès du château, dans le petit bois qu’on appelait parc, vit entre des broussailles le docteur Pangloss qui donnait une leçon de physique expérimentale à la femme de chambre de sa mère, petite brune très jolie et très docile. Comme Mlle Cunégonde avait beaucoup de dispositions pour les sciences, […]

Analects of the Core: Assyrian bas relief

Today’s visual Analect is an Assyrian bas relief from the collection of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, in Brunswick, Maine: “Winged Figured with Embroidered Tunic and Shawl”, from Northwest Palace, Nimrud, Iraq. Gypsum, 90 9/16 x 58 13/16 x 6 7/16″, 883-859 BC. Gift of Dr. Henri B. Haskell M 1855 (1860.2). Students may […]

Analects of the Core: The Old Testament on Cain’s conception

Today’s visual Analect is taken from Robert Crumb’s sumptuous Illustrated Book of Genesis (Norton, 2009). Click on the thumbnail above to view Genesis 4:1-15.

Analects of the Core: Malinowski on the ephemeral material of ethnology

Ethnology is in the sadly ludicrous, not to say tragic, position, that at the every moment when it begins to put its workshop in order, to forge its proper tools, to start ready for work on its appointed task, the material of its study melts away with hopeless rapidity. – Malinowski, Argonauts of the Pacific, […]

Analects of the Core: Austen on stupid men (and some Austeniana)

Thank Heaven! I am going to-morrow where I shall find a man who has not one agreeable quality, who has neither manner nor sense to recommend him. Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing, after all. – Elizabeth Bennet, in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Volume II, Chapter iv, 151-152 (Penguin Classics edition) * […]

Analects of the Core: Petrarch on sailing with a foe at the helm

Today’s Analect is drawn from Petrarch’s Canzoniere (#189) translated by Mark Musa: My ship full of forgetful cargo sails through rough seas at the midnight of a winter between Charybdis and the Scylla reef, my master, no, my foe, is at the helm… Passa la nave mia colma d’oblio per aspro mare, a mezza notte […]

Analects of the Core: Ferry on terrified gods

Terrified gods got themselves up as high as they could go, nearest the highest heaven, cringing against the wall like beaten dogs. * Lines 20-22, in Book III of Tablet XI, of David Ferry‘s “rendering in verse” of the Epic of Gilgamesh, studied in the first-year Core Humanties, and the topic of Prof. Brian Jorgensen‘s […]

Analects of the Core: Adams on perspective

This is rather as if you imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in – an interesting hole I find myself in – fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’ […]