Postcard from the Bahamas

20120428-125024.jpgA visit to family, and a much needed break. As you can see, the beach has been so very crowded, the skies so very gray …

For once, I have been away for the better part of two weeks without a laptop, and haven’t read a word of philosophy or logic, or indeed thought about it much. So it has been novels for me (some ‘serious’, some not so — I’ve become a much entertained fan of the Falco books). I’ve also been a very latecomer to Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with Amber Eyes, which — like so very many others — I thought quite wonderful (perhaps at some level, de Waal’s story of generations of his family living through fractured times speaks to our own deep anxieties about what is to come in our troubling times). Read it.

And that in turn put me in the mood to re-read an old favorite, Nabokov’s Speak Memory (by my lights, his best book). Then, having been talking about Tony Judt’s The Memory Chalet, I found myself re-visiting that as well. Ah, the joys of traveling with an iPad with books already aboard, and a huge library available at the touch of a button …

It’s Kurt Gödel’s birthday today: back to thinking about him tomorrow.

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