“Those who fail to reread are obliged to read the same story everywhere.” (Roland Barthes, S/Z) These words were admittedly meant for quite different texts from what we are reading. Still I feel that they are relevant for what we are doing: By reading the texts over and over again, we are able to see… Continue reading Week 10. Re: Read & Decorate
Q: What do you get when you drop a piano down a mineshaft? As a rule, it’s been claimed, we use the left brain hemisphere to understand language and the right one to understand music. A 1993 study showed that listening to Mozart while taking a spatial reasoning test enhances the performance, at least for… Continue reading Week 9. The Mozart Effect
I don’t know how well known the history of the Swedish warship Vasa is outside Scandinavia, so I’ll give you a brief summary: In 1625 the Swedish king Gustav II Adolph ordered the building of four new warships. One of them was to be the Swedish fleet’s flagship, the biggest and most expensive ship ever… Continue reading Week 8. Shipbuilding
No negative thoughts, right? Or at least chase them away when they pop up. Who could have known it was so difficult? I for one had to start over and over again (which I later understood was a mistake – I’ll write more about that later). This week has been filled with small setbacks but… Continue reading Week 7. Heavy Mental Diet
I’m struggling with Emerson. Not because his words are difficult or his sentences are long. What I’m trying to grasp is his philosophical position: Was he an idealist? That’s easy: He definitely was. He believed, like Haanel, that mind was the cause of matter. Or … no, I’m not so sure about that. It’s been… Continue reading Week 6. R. W. Emerson’s Philosophy: Monism or Dualism?
Hi, it’s Erik Galliano Olsen again. Though I’m sure you all know The Start, it is interesting to hear the old demo version where his friend Petros is singing the lead voice. The sax is played by Thanasis, and if you listen carefully, you will detect a female voice, sung by Matina, in the short… Continue reading Supplement: Musical samples
Espen Hagerup interviewed by Erik Galliano Olsen, Lardos, Rhodes, September 2020 Espen Hagerup greets me with a hug in his home in Lardos, a village a few kilometres west of Lindos, Rhodes. We sit down in his lovely garden where a lemon tree is lifting its branches in one of the corners while an orange… Continue reading Nostos: Finding the Ithaca inside yourself