Stuff You Might Like
Theory of War, Joan Brady
This book is insane. It’s the story of a white boy sold into slavery after the Civil War and uses von Clausewitz to follow his lifelong vendetta against his captors – sort of a reverse Gladiator plot. And then we see emotional wreckage with four of his seven children ending their own lives in suicide. All credit goes to TheExecutive here because this book is fucking amazing.
The Correspondence Of Marcus Cornelius Fronto to Marcus Aurelius (free) Marcus Aurelius
I am so disappointed in myself for not finding this earlier. This is a collection of letters between Marcus Aurelius and Fronto, his mentor and friend. Fronto is the person who introduced Marcus to Epictetus – in fact, it’s widely believed that Fronto actually attended Epictetus’ lectures and gave Marcus his personal class notes. If you liked Meditations, you will shit yourself reading these. He pesters him to make sure he has been writing his daily maxims (the Meditations), chastises him for being lazy and they joke about interesting new words they’ve found. If you have a mentor, this book will make so much sense to you. I am fairly certain this is the only other thing Marcus Aurelius has ever written and it has been almost totally ignored by history. I wish I could do it justice – you just have to read it.
The Economics of Open Access Law Publishing (pdf) by Jessica Litman
I am only just starting to understand this but it is becoming a lot clearer. The paper is loose support for what I wrote about a few weeks ago. We’ve always believed that monetary incentives were the most powerful motivators of people but the internet realigns some of those priorities. A lot of people are using the word ‘love‘ but I think passion might be a better term. I think if you can start to think that way, it puts you miles and miles ahead of the prevailing backwards mindset.
Nobody who participates in any way in the law journal article research, writing, selection, editing and publication process does so because of copyright incentives. Indeed, copyright is sufficiently irrelevant that legal scholars, the institutions that employ them and the journals that publish their research tolerate considerable uncertainty about who owns the copyright to the works in question, without engaging in serious efforts to resolve it. They do this because they view the production of legal scholarship as within their core mission, as important to the legal academy as their function of educating lawyers. Once that scholarship is generated, moreover, its investors get the most bang for their buck if it is disseminated, read, and cited as widely as possible
This article from Tyler Cowen talks more about the economics of it. This thread is also getting good.
I just picked up “The Identity Society” by William Glasser. He is making the case that no longer is the Western world’s aspiring youth reaching for goals to “obtain security within the power hierarchy,” but they are looking for a fulfilling role, something that has personal significance. It was written in the early 1970’s. Sounds like a precurser to what you mention.
BTW, the thread link at the end of your post is a dud.
At 1.8 of “The Meditations” Marcus credits his mentor Fabius Rusticus with “…introducing me to Epictetus’s lectures-and loaning me his own copy,” not Fronto, who he mentions in 1.11 with nothing on Epictetus.Gregory Hays’s introduction, page xxv, alludes to the same thing.
Am I missing something?
I picked up Theory of War last week, and finished it today. I found it was a lot darker then Gladiator. The tobacco fields, the worms, Hope, and even when Johnny tried playing house with Sarah are some of the most quietly horrific things I have ever read. It was just so sad to see him try and pick up the pieces, live some kind of life, but at the same time see how much slavery had destroyed any possible hope for that. Good book all around but it was like reading someones rising nightmare that could only be cured with Georges and Jonathans death.
“I felt myself at the edge of whole landscapes of nightmare that lived in Jonathan and threatened me through him. But I’ve never quite made out, not even now, grown up, with his diaries of me precisely what it is that frightens me so much – and yet I know that somewhere here lies the secret bond between him and me.”
What do you think that secret bond is? I thought maybe it was both their search for “truth.”
And what meaning do you get from the opening quote from Nathaniel Carrick? The one about slavery?