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I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.

Currently reading

The Selected Poems of Donald Hall
Donald Hall
The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
Walter Kaufmann, Friedrich Nietzsche
A Kierkegaard Anthology
Robert W. Bretall
The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman

The Playlist: Kierkegaard

A Kierkegaard Anthology - Robert W. Bretall

I'm taking a philosophy class this semester - my first. And we just spent the better part of the last four weeks reading Kierkegaard - my first time for that, too. I can tell you right now I don't really like Kierkegaard. I don't necessarily agree with some of his ideas, and his writing style reveals a personality that is difficult, dogmatic, and ungenerous, to say the least. 

 

But I did have some fun jotting down songs that came into my head as I read or during our class discussions. This isn't meant to be any serious analysis of Kierkegaard, but a tongue-in-cheek look at the free associations of the mind. So here goes, a list of the pieces of Kierkegaard's writing and the songs they drew from my subconscious:

 

"Either/Or Vol. I: The Rotation Method" = Simon and Garfunkel "I am a Rock"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKlSVNxLB-A 

 

"Either/Or Vol. II: The Aesthetic Validity of Marriage" = Meatloaf "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C11MzbEcHlw

 

"Either/Or Vol. II: Equilibrium" = Rush "Free Will" 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnxkfLe4G74

 

"Fear and Trembling" = Indigo Girls "Watershed"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8ZDfiG2JTM

 

"Fear and Trembling" by the pseudonymous "Johannes de Silentio" = "Crying" Club Silencio cover from David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive" (of course) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-ZnqhXSzjw

 

"The Sickness Unto Death: The Despair of Willing Despairingly to Be Oneself (Defiance)" = "Let it Go" from "Frozen" 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0MK7qz13bU

 

Kierkegaard, I know, would NOT approve.

 

-cg