Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children’s Crusade, A Duty-Dance with Death

Last week I was reading the third volume of Marcel Proust’s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu: The Guermantes Way. And it’s brilliant. I can see how people think Marcel Proust is the greatest writer who ever lived. He’s unique, and if the way he’s unique tickles your fancy, he’s your boy. But I wasContinue reading “Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children’s Crusade, A Duty-Dance with Death”


“Pain is largely a kind of need felt by the organism to acquaint itself with an unfamiliar state that is troubling it, to adjust its responses to that state.” Marcel Proust There are many kinds of pain: physical, emotional, psychological, and moral among them. There is the pain of loneliness as well as the painContinue reading “Pain”