Good *Craic*?

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In Gaelic (Irish), Craic is conversation and story-telling: banter. But I am being filmed here and for the next couple of weeks, I hope with interlocutors, holding forth on things I think I know about, which would be everything except higher mathematics and the hard sciences. I talked about Shakespeare last week with Jim here and also explained the history behind Spielberg’s excellent film Lincoln. I believe that Illinois boys, especially, should know about Lincoln. I hope there’s as much craic as possible from me Irish side.

This is because German lectures can be so boring as to cause paint to peel off the walls. I believe that this type of traditional education has its place especially in advanced philosophy; there’s no avoiding introductory lectures on Heidegger and Wittgenstein. It’s almost impossible to make sense of Sein undt Zeit without a weekly lecture from a kind and motivated teacher with good outline-format handouts every session.

There’s no reason why a lecture cannot be a straight story. Take a look at the 1981 film My Dinner with Andre: the (real person) Andre Gregory tells a mostly silent Wally Shawn (also a real person, used to see him shopping in the Red Apple on the West Side of NYC) a story about a theater group in Poland deliberately going Neolithic to recapture the essence of theater. Wally and the audience learn a lot about theater and life because as in Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner we cannot choose but hear:

He holds him with his glittering eye—
The Wedding-Guest stood still,
And listens like a three years child:
The Mariner hath his will.

The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone:
He cannot chuse but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed Mariner

Sorry about the Fashion Disaster. The jammies are required wear for all inpatients at Grantham and throughout Hong Kong’s hospital system, I would imagine so the cops can recognize us when we escape and walk down the street mumbling. The tartan o’ the McVomit clan.

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2 Responses to “Good *Craic*?”

  1. Great photo of an artist and thinker with friends. A great and imaginative project. Wish you luck with this Edward.

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