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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Writer's Life 4/20 - Philosophies

During the film Youth (2015), the characters portrayed by Harvey Keitel and Michael Caine mention reading Novalis. I'd never heard of him and wondered if he were fictional. It is the pseudonym of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg, a poet, author and philosopher of early German Romanticism, who died at 28 in the early 1800's. Here are quotes attributed to him: "We are on a mission: we are called upon to educate the earth." "Philosophy is properly home-sickness; the wish to be everywhere at home." "Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." "Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment." There are many books listed under his name at Amazon. Most were written by others about him. (Facts from Wiki)

Recently, the Cleveland Browns traded the #1 overall selection in the 2016 NFL draft to the Los Angeles Rams for a package of picks. Today they swapped the #2 pick to the Eagles, moving down six places to #8. They now have six of the first 100 picks, two first rounders in 2017, and two second rounders in 2018. Kudos to management. Now don't blow it! Two years ago they traded up to select Johnny Manziel, who has wasted his talent on partying and now seems persona non grata to league execs. Not even teams desperate for a QB are willing to take a chance on him.

I usually listen to the segment of the Sean Hannity radio show that follows the four o'clock news. Despite his conservative credentials, he has been very critical of the Republican nominating process. Yesterday Ted Cruz was his guest, and today three party reps. He grilled them harshly though civilly. Kudos.

My thanks to the kind folks who bought books today, and to the gentleman who donated three in Russian, all of which sold, and to Pedro, one of Atlantic Towers stellar porters, who put aside a bunch of books in Russian a resident had discarded. They are an odd lot. My guess is that most are about plants and flowers. I have no idea how that will fly.
Vic's Short Works:
Vic's 5th Novel:'s 4th novel:
Vic's 3rd Novel:
Vic's Short Story on Kindle:
Vic's Short Story Collection:
Vic's 2nd Novel: Kindle:
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