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I’m checking back in after 1+ month away to attend to home and work matters. Expect more writings soon on Greek and Roman writings, especially more Homer posting, and on academia.

First up will be a podcast post. My hiatus prevented me from posting links to the last two episodes from March/April, on pop sike and prohibition. Follow Max’s youtube, if you’re not already, and get the episodes as soon as they’re up.

I have created accounts for cyberdisciple at:




I am discovering how I want to use those platforms. I grew up on the web before social media, in the late 90s and early 200s, when the web primarily consisted of individual’s websites, message boards, and listservs. Blogs followed soon. All of those promoted longer form discussion on topics of shared interest. Reddit, as a collection of message boards, seems to carry on that spirit.

In contrast, social media like twitter and facebook promotes more superficial, casual discussion. The dominant mode in the social media era is that of reacting to trending topics. Attention is captured by each new trend, and memory seems to be short. How to use twiter and facebook without falling prey to that attention-capture? A possible response: Ignore all other posting and only post your own high-quality content (and interact with others when they reach out to you); mind your own work, let others find you.

The guiding principle, across formats: strive for high-quality work.

I also have an account at rateyourmusic:

I’ve had it for some time and have been writing reviews from time to time there. The reviews there are more free form and not exclusively focused on analogy in lyrics.

A reader wrote in to complain that I had posted my notes on the Iliad. The reader implied that I was wasting their time by not posting my interpretations with the notes.

I cannot be expected to interpret every single sentence of Greek and Latin literature.

The notes I am posting include some interpretation of some passages. Passages that I mention but do not interpret I am leaving for future interpretors. I do not mention every passage, but have selected passages that I notice during my reading, passages that strike me as ripe for interpretation.

My goal is to provide a substantial enough overview, not a complete commentary on every line. It’s a survey. I’m exploring Greek and Latin literature with my Egodeath Theory tools, and making a sketch of a map of territory.

One area that I plan to change, however: I will type my notes from one book or section of the piece of literature before reading and taking notes on the next part. For the Iliad, I had written the notes in my notebook over the summer, but only typed and posted them in October. I typed and posted my notes on all 24 books over the course of only a few days. My memory of the passage and my initial recognition of its relevance had faded. This made the postings a bit thin.

Going forward, I will post on a book at a time, before moving on to the next book.

I’m writing two major series of posts. One series is an overview of Greek and Latin literature from the earliest authors forward. The second is a more detailed series on Greek philosophers.

Max recorded two episodes of the Transcendent Knowledge Podcast with Jimmy (Kafei).

Episode 12:

Episode 13:

A work trip allowed Max and I the opportunity to meet in person. We recorded Episode 14 face-to-face.

Episode 14:

More podcasts are planned!

I’m back after a long hiatus spent attending to personal matters.

In honor of this return, I’ve paid those hosting this site to remove the ads.


Metaphorical Psychedelic Eternalism
June 2020


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