Re-reading Camus

My hope is that as I re-read it I can look at my previous thoughts and compare them with what I am thinking now and compare and contrast them, and in so doing see just how my own philosophy and thoughts have changed and in what directions.

Tizian's Sisyphus
Tizian's Sisyphus

I first read Camus in high school.  My sophomore or junior English class was given The Stranger as a reading assignment.  I don’t think I quite understood everything that was going on in that book, perhaps due to failure of my teacher to provide context to the story or to the philosophical debate that was the background of the work.  Despite my original distaste for Camus sparse writing style I began reading his other works and through Camus I discovered existentialism and such philosophers as Nietzsche, Sartre, Wittgenstein, and many other prominent philosophers.

I’ve read many of the complete works of those listed above, but that was about 10 years ago.  I tried to re-read Thus Spoke Zarathustra and Ecco Homo recently and found that I had moved on, had changed that those works didn’t speak to me as they once had.  So, I put those books down and moved on to other things… But, in the back of the mind I wondered, “How much have I changed?”  If a book that had had such a huge influence on my life then, one of the most influential books I’d ever read, no longer resonated with me how much had changed?  Were there other books that I’d find opaque that were once clear?  I wanted to find out.

I’ve just started reading Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus and other Essays,”  again. The work deals with the issue of suicide and if it makes sense, even in a world that is recognized as absurd.  I chose this book because I remember liking it when I first read it, and I wrote throughout the margins my thoughts and comments on the text.  My hope is that as I re-read it I can look at my previous thoughts and compare them with what I am thinking now and compare and contrast them, and in so doing see just how my own philosophy and thoughts have changed and in what directions.

This is hopefully just the first of a number of posts on the text and my reactions to it.

The joy of “trash” fiction

I just finished reading Drew Karpyshyn’s Star Wars book, Darth Bane: Path of Destruction. I haven’t read a Star Wars book since Timothy Zahn finished his first trilogy, the one with Thrawn in it. Anyhow, I like the Star Wars universe, it’s fun but it’s also incredibly shallow in ways. I’m not saying this to knock on Star Wars, it is a problem that most genre (sci-fi/fantasy) books and settings have. All the good guys are called light and look good and all the bad guys have called dark and are ugly, the exception to this is for evil women who are either young and beautiful or old and ugly. I think my readers are smart enough to pick out the sexism inherent in that fact. Anyhow I enjoyed the book it was quick, entertaining and about as far as you can get from what I have been reading (see my reading and what I recommend lists).

Of course the book suffers from what I just mentioned the story centers around a young man who names himself “bane” and is bald and pale evil. He begins his training in a Sith academy so that one day he can join the “brotherhood of darkness” and now he is embracing his evil. The book is good except when it gets bogged down in this completely cliche, shallow, parody of ethics and morality… Very few people ever see themselves as evil, they almost always believe what they are doing is good and right… I wholeheartedly believe that there are evil people, but they are rare, it is usually good, or misguided people doing evil things. I wish genre fiction could get past this so that great stories in fantastic places can have realistic people living in them as opposed to the cardboard cut outs we usually see…

Random What Have Yous

As the title suggests this is just a little hodge-podge of going-ons, funny things I’ve found and, you know, random stuff…

First – I’ve completed my review for Contra 4, it can be found here

Next – I’ve been a Ron Paul supporter for awhile now but doing looking closer at the man’s platform has changed my mind. As much as I like libertarian ideals and ideas, it’s not practical or realistic in the world today. Tony Long does a great job explaining why here,  he said a lot of what I was feeling in a much more understandable and shorter way. Please read!

Third – This funny comic by political cartoonist Matt Davies. It started with Edwards then Obama took it, now every candidate in both parties is talking about “change” in Washington D.C. as a new thing. Politicians have been promising the American voter change for the last 200 years, somehow though they’ve yet to deliver… strange…

Lastly – I promise real content soon! Um, I’m working on something… Yeah, that’s the ticket! Seriously though I’ve fallen way behind on my own work, I need to rectify that, it’s going into the list of resolutions (speaking of which still not biting my nails!).  I have a few ideas for good postings, I hope they show up here soon!

That’s it for now!

P.S. Kisses Diana!

Um, not going to put this on my “I Recommend” list…

But I did want to share my thoughts on the book with you!

Adventures in Paranormal Investigations by Joe Nickell – A great, if brief, collection of Mr. Nickell’s studies of various paranormal happenings across the globe in the service of Skeptical Inquirer Magazine. The book will not convince true believers of their errors but skeptics will find his tales light and entertaining reading. Several times I would have liked a more thorough study or investigation done, or perhaps more of the author’s thoughts and insights… I guess we’ll have to wait for Mr. Nickell’s next “real” book for that!

You’ll always be able to read my review of it over at

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