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I’m in a wine-dark mood

(but I like wine )

(Blues,slightly funkified)

Let’s just pretend we never met


and never will again

and it gets even better:

we do not even know

that we exist.

Existence is a fleeting bird

just as much as love is, too.

And so I sit

um pouco sozinho,

a little lonesome,

getting tenderly drunk on:

Os meus pais nas minhas costas
As raizes na marquise
Eu tenho mais de vinte muros
O sangue jorra pelos furos
Pelas veias de um jornal
Eu não te quero, eu te quero mal *

drunk on the lyrics

of a Brazilian Blues.

Just as much as love is

just as well

a colibri, a butterfly

swinging on the waves

of sadly hungover days

of waste and wine and

self-inflicted pain.

Just as much as it is true

that the poet inside of my heart

appreciates sailin, drowing and swimming through

– quote Homer –

o oinops pontos,

the wine(-dark) sea

gliding happily

happy with William Butterflyin high Yay!

Tsk tsk!

To Byzantion as if

I had my

– oh so ever unexpectedly and very surprisingly –

second (of) cuming.

Fits me awfully perfectly well anyway


I urgently need a


from my heterosexual

fooleries anyway

and wanted to

read Gemistos Plethon kai Marsilio Ficino

for such a long time.

Γεώργιος Γεμιστός ή Πλήθων**

Because he brought (Neo-) Platonism *** back into

the philosophical play

of Renaissance Europe


Il Signore M. Ficino

jumped on Plethon’s shoulders

considering the latter a giant

to boost his opere filosofiche.

* 20 anos Blues letra

** http://www.rassias.gr/SPARTA33.html

*** http://ellas2.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/%CE%BF%CE%B9-%CF%80%CE%B5%CF%81%CE%AF-%CE%B8%CE%B5%CE%AF%CE%BF%CF%85-%CE%B1%CE%BD%CF%84%CE%B9%CE%BB%CE%AE%CF%88%CE%B5%CE%B9%CF%82-%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%85-%CE%B3%CE%B5%CF%89%CF%81%CE%B3%CE%AF%CE%BF%CF%85/

**** http://www.ficino.it/


instead of…

going into this:

Serge’s New Poetological  Paradigm

right now

I decided to chill a bit by way of a diet of  beer and writing a fun piece of political philosophy (teaser below) and then the Sendlinger Mordweihnacht  (as already announced). The latter is a kind of mini- Le massacre de la Saint-Barthélemy, maybe best known (nowadays)   by its depiction in a movie (la reine Margot (starring isabelle adjani (mmmm ,-)  swoon, haha). That movie was based on a novel by .. uhm  Dumas, which is not that bad as far as accuracy re historical details is concerned.)


The Radical Middle

by a (surprise!)

radical from the middle

or to put it more elegantly

(you know:  eastcoastliberally)

by a

radical mediocrist*

1. the obligatory prefatory bs:

Caution! This is about political philosophy (esp European but not just).

[drum roll]

Allow me to 

lemme put it  in plain afterdark bar talk tongue:

I just played around with my …-

ha! wrong guess!- my remote control and heard that sound bit: radical right and radical left,

and thought, hey, I’m a proponent of the middle and just before I called ADL 😉 

I heard the first words of the lyrics of Red House in my “inner”(?) ear, but not the  “something’s wrong here”-part

and so:

So thats why….

it can’t hurt to know 2 names and what connects them:

1. Alexandre Kojève

2. Leo Strauss

I was a bit stunned when I just learned this week that they corresponded.

I mean Kojève, having been informed by Hegel and himself informing French existentialism (shortcut: Sartre, ya! i know: and Postmodernism via Heidegger), and Strauss having been informed by Al-Farabi (having been informed by Plato (and Aristotle))and (lol) informed US neocons (shortcut Wolfowitz ,-)

[ sorry, I like Uchicago if just not for any student  having ever heard  lectures by the late Leo.]


life is strange!

ok, that was the teaser. I won’t say more right here . but you’ll be in for a surprise just like me when I found out what their  (Kojeve, Strauss) correspondence was about. Ok, I ‘ll spoil it lest  I  not forget it: the art of writing. Remember:  to take a break from poetics was the very reason for me to turn to political philosophy and now that! Isn’t the world bad?  i give up for now. ,-)

I need  a Monty Python fix now (just beer wont do.)

sail, readers, smoothly into this night (maybe not as esthetically pleasing as “like a feather  floating in a beautiful world “, but you see as long as no one watches you, why not dream a bit (and I love radiohead)?


*mediocrist: no way, just to honor Bob Kaufman, it must at least be ” mediocreolist, well if you prefer mediocriollist


i got lucky:

Monthy Python fix


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