Author Martin Amis on coping with the loss of his best friend Christopher Hitchens...
When Christopher Hitchens died in December, Martin Amis lost his best friend. The British author says his immediate desolation gave way to a much greater love of life, something Amis believes Hitchens had in spades and bequeathed to him when he passed away.
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Updated October 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM by realitybites
Intimacy. Someone once told me that intimacy is in-to-me-you-see. You would think a blog is by it's very nature a platform for sharing intimate feelings and thoughts. But more often than not, it is actually a wall that separates self from world. It is a carefully controlled construct, a barrier to intimacy. If I tell you how I think before you ask, then you don't get to frame the question. It's overcoming objections before
Updated September 4, 2012 at 10:34 PM by realitybites
I'm very tired. I need to get back to sleep. I'm really restless, though. That feeling of something not being right...it lingers. I just want to know that everything is going to be okay. Too much happening in so little time, and believe me, I like control of my life and which way it goes. Tick, tock, tick, tock...it's the sound that never stops and it's the one thing you can't beat. You don't know where it will take you or
*Update September 24, 2012 ~ Just finished Mortality. It is a short book... can be read in one or two sittings. I highly recommend it to all Hitchens fans and anyone else interested in the personal dialogue that goes on in one's head when dealing with cancer and terminal illness.
The late, great Christopher Hitchens' book, Mortality, is being published posthumously on September 4, 2012.
Updated December 17, 2013 at 08:15 PM by realitybites
*Update ~ After a hiatus, I returned to the site and have been welcomed back with warmth and kindness. I realized that in many ways, the posters there were simply responding to my gangbusters approach. I learned that less ego and more humility works wonders... at least in this case, it did.
Every once in a while, I leave the safe boundaries of my journal and venture elsewhere to express myself.
Updated December 13, 2013 at 05:58 PM by realitybites
*Update September 29, 2012 ~ The Overheated, Oversexed Cult of Bikram Choudhury
It's been a long time since I've poked fun at a group or subculture. Oh wait, I did just write a snarky piece about pretentious philosophers. Anyhow, it feels like a long time. And it has been a while since I crucified spiritualists and castigated climbers. Sometimes, it just feels good to say what you really think. There's nothing wrong with vocalizing an opinion as long as you focus on an acquired status
Updated September 29, 2012 at 07:52 PM by realitybites
Take This Waltz, Sarah Polly, 2012
We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay, 2011
Winter's Bone, Debra Granik, 2010
Morven Callar, Lynne Ramsay,
Why do philosophers use abstract words to describe abstract concepts? I'm not absolutely certain, but I have some theories.
Here is an example of writing by philosopher, Michel Bitbol:
"The metaphysical translation of this process of isolation of certain “subjective” statements with respect with the other types of statements is either dualism or reductionism: dualism if one projects the two-realms
Updated January 15, 2014 at 06:36 AM by realitybites
Charlie Rose Brain Series
Neurological, Psychiatric and Addictive Disorders
The Great Mysteries of the Human Brain
Brain Science Podcast
Updated August 14, 2013 at 09:13 AM by realitybites
After my seriously brain-draining last blog post about consciousness and other metaphysical stuff, I aim to keep this post light and ridiculously irrelevant.
So, the London 2012 Olympics have come to a close. I can't provide much commentary on the games themselves as I only tuned into the men's and women's artistic gymnastics competitions. But as you may recall, I live-blogged the opening ceremony. For the closing ceremony, I have decided to post screen captures of my favorite visuals
Updated October 16, 2013 at 08:35 PM by realitybites