April 23, 2018

Max Weber on specialists and sensualists


"Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved."

From The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism 

March 11, 2018

Karen Horney on the causes of neuroses

"When we focus our attention on the actual neurotic difficulties we recognized that neuroses are generated not only by incidental individual experiences, but also by the specific cultural conditions under which we live." 

Karen Horney, The Neurotic Personality of Our Time

January 19, 2018

David Foster Wallace on one of the insidious lessons about TV

One of the insidious lessons about TV is the meta-lesson that you’re dumb. This is all you can do. This is easy, and you’re the sort of person who really just wants to sit in a chair and have it easy.

                             David Foster Wallace

From “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace,” by David Lipsky