Lorenzo & his humble friends

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool

Tag: life

Culture can save your life

A very good idea from Alain de Botton is called bibliotherapy: you can go and meet someone and talk to them about your life, and on the basis of the challenges that you are facing in a whole range of areas. The bibliotherapist will do you a reading prescription to match people to books that are important to them at that moment in their life.

Because in the modern world we don’t dare to imagine that culture has a purpose connected to changing and saving your life. We rather imagine that culture’s a really nice thing to visit on a Sunday; you go to the museum or you pick up a book. The idea that culture is literally a resource by which to live is oddly neglected.

A discourse on water

water

David Foster Wallace, again.

Transcript of the 2005 Kenyon Commencement Address – May 21, 2005. Also available on youtubeAudible and Amazon.