Thursday, August 21, 2008

24.0 The Trifecta!

Today was a perfect day.

1. Research: Three things discovered
1a. I knew that Richards despised Wittgenstein (saying that he resembled the devil, physically, and that his rejection of the Tractatus was foolish; I also think he resented his treatment of Moore, but that is personal conjecture on my part). I had, until today, no evidence that Wittgenstein knew that Richards existed. Ray Monk's biography, though, makes clear that Wittgenstein read and hated The Meaning of Meaning, as related to Russell in a personal letter.
1b. I found a nice secondary source calling Russell and Wittgenstein anti-psychologistic, a nice foil for Richards and Ogden as entirely swallowed by their concern with psychology.
1c. Richards heavily annotated Max Eastman's Literary Mind. It's fascinating to read these notes in light of Richards post-1935 turn away from literary criticism. And complex, too -- what do you do with an annotation that simply says "ha!"?

2. Shopping and Eating: Kate and I have been snacking liberally as we take our evening, post-research walk. Today, we had our typical sandwiches (Kate had taragon chicken; I had chicken salad) and an apple-rhubarb pasty. Loved it. Then, we found the Mill Road shopping district. Loads of fun.

3. My anniversary gift to Kate has been clothes in Cambridge and next week in London. She is looking sharp, and it's fun to walk with someone who turns other people's heads.

David

2 comments:

julie said...

Happy Anniversary, Friends!

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