Monday, March 14, 2005

Book # 7

On Bullshit, by Harry G. Frankfurt.

Bullshit is the operative word here. "Pure Academic Masturbation" would have been a more apt title. It's a good thing the book is only 68 very small pages of very large type, or else I would feel cheated by the time I spent reading it. There's probably a good reason no one has ever written a philosophical treatise concerning the nature of Bullshit before. Who said, "You become the thing you hate?" Well, your book also becomes the thing you write about, apparently.

On the plus side, if you have a thing for nicely designed, small press hardbacks, the book itself is a lovely object. I'll probably dissect it in order to get a better idea how books are bound.


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