Saturday, May 10, 2008

Other Philosophically Inclined Writers Festival Events

Hey! Nietzsche! Leave Them Kids Alone!

Free event at Bangarra Theatre, 14:00 to 15:00 on Saturday 24th

Craig Schuftan will talk about Nietzsche's theories on music and opera.

David Rieff on ABC Radio National’s Book Show

Ticketed event at Pier 2/3, Downstairs, 10:00 to 11:00 on Friday 23rd.

The son of Susan Sontag will talk about 'Swimming in a Sea of Death', a memoir of his mother's illness.

The Future of Feminism

Ticketed event at Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 12:30 13:30 on Sunday 25th.

Sarah Hall, Emily Maguire and Lynne Segal to discuss the future of feminism.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Zombie Leprechaun Nietzsche's Pot of Coal Threatened

There are plans to dig up the grave of Friedrich Nietzsche in Rocken, Germany to get to his precious precious coal. It turns out that Nietzsche carcus guards a brown coal seam.

The site was earmarked for mining in the 1980's when he was blacklisted by the then communist regime who failed to separate him from his sister's revision of him as the official philosopher of Nazi Germany. Now for the irony: as they are buried next to each other, they may finally rescue Nietzsche from his evil sister.

I am lead to believe brown coal is dirty and inefficient as a fuel source. We should be asking why are they planning on making the entry in the Rocken church grave yard register declaring that here lies 'a known anti-christ' a lie, when they should just buy our superior coal.

England Times Article
Times Article on Nietzsche's Sister

Chalmers: Happiness is Overrated

David Chalmers was an attendance at a Buddhist conference on happiness held in Sydney this week. This is an Article from the Sydney Morning Herald about the conference. Chalmers position apparently is that the 'bad' emotions are as fun as happiness.

Do we value happiness above what it is worth?