Escape into Meaning: Essays on Superman, Public Benches, and Other Obsessions

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Escape into Meaning: Essays on Superman, Public Benches, and Other Obsessions

Escape into Meaning: Essays on Superman, Public Benches, and Other Obsessions

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What angels invented these splendid ornaments, these rich conveniences, this ocean of air above, this ocean of water beneath, this firmament of earth between?

Our greatest need is to be recognized—to be seen, loved, and embedded in rich relationships with those around us. S. Lewis and me to think about some of the persistent questions and dilemmas every person faces in life. In the title essay, “Escape Into Meaning,” he asks the big question: “What in God’s name drove me to watch Lord of The Rings fifty times? Like not about literature, Super Mario or anything in particular but everything, the curiosity behind it and the implications beyond curiosity itself.In a major work of scholarship both erudite and very funny, Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from Biblical times to the age of Twitter. The Comforts of Cyberpunk (I don't necessarily like cyberpunk, but Puschak's reasoning is what got me agreeing with him. If I could go back, I’d cut out most of the film stuff and take a bunch of liberal arts classes instead: history and literature and economics and sociology.

It became something of a sacred space for me, not because the scones were particularly great, but because it was where I discovered Emerson and was stamped with the joy of that first high. What we should really worry about is becoming part of that multitude, of choosing compliance over intuition, of imitating. The poet, in utter solitude remembering his spontaneous thoughts and recording them, is found to have recorded that which men in cities vast find true for them also….

The video essays of Evan Puschak opened up a world of like-minded nerds who like to overthink art to me.

In school, I saw that book as a hurdle, one of many on the long path from ninth-grade English to some nebulous future job. The repetitious paragraph-style quotes severly break the flow of an otherwise interesting argument in nearly every chapter. His writing style is much better served by the spoken, visual medium of video essays than it is by this long-form format. It seemed to me as if I had myself written the book, in some former life, so sincerely it spoke to my thought and experience.

that we would happily give up every crumb of personal information for packages delivered a few days sooner? Either way, saying “the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it” is excessive.

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