Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major Op. 73 is the prototype of concerting perfection. The orchestra being the woman; the piano, the man; their music together, lovemaking.
One summer the philosopher of science Rupert Sheldrake and his family paid us a visit. I gave the two boys rackets: they were hooked. They now have a table of their own. Whenever we visit, we play for hours. Eventually, we realized what was intriguing us: the fact that ping-pong is
After a very long initiation, I've come to the conclusion that
initiation is overrated. The problem with any initiatic journey
is initiation itself: Why, after all, is it necessary? Why are we never content in our own skin?
As I was re-reading Lin Yutang's
masterwork, I found so many passages that seem
custom-made for the Dude that I thought it might be fun to explore the
points of departure and arrival of both works, in tandem. To do that, I
need to start from the not-so-distant premises that prompted Lin Yutang
himself, back in 1937, to write his book.