About Me Et Cetera

This blog is a repository of my thoughts and experiences.

My current moniker, ane pixestos, is taken from the ancient Greek word ανεπιξεστος, which means 'unfinished, not polished.'

That word, to my mind, is loosely connected to the Taoist principle of 朴 which means 'simple, unadorned, sincere, tree.' I think the hubris of modernity could benefit from the creative potential of the 'uncarved block.'

True to my moniker, there are earlier blog posts that I no longer quite relate to. For the most part, they remain here as a sign of the growth that we expect from nature. Sometimes, like Balzac, I edit that which has been published. I consider it possible, if rare, for people to change not merely views but principles in life. I think often of the challenge of the Delphic maxim γνῶθι σεαυτόν and Plato's instruction on the good life. Making something from the nothingness of the self under construction, in the attempt to demonstrate sympathy for and accordance with the beautiful.

The Greek and Chinese references here may seem discordant, but I have since found them connected in a work by C. S. Lewis that to some extent vindicates the ethos of this blog.

The biographically inclined may wish to know that while I began my career in journalism, I've spent over a decade working in higher education, and got my Phd by defending it in a language I can no longer call foreign. The dissertation focused on a late-19th century romantic idealist with a multicultural background, who received an education in the classics before pursuing what today we call "science". I do not understand academics who disregard history or those who fail to understand the power of language.

Most of my life, I have lived as an expat.

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1. This blog is mostly about things philological and cultural - so also about hermeneutics, history, philosophy, communication, etc.

2. The blogger template is from Powered by Pastries (link 404).

3. Font of blog name is Novecento.

4. Most of the images in the background of photo compositions are from Marie Claire Idées.

5. Some of those images are from Amy Butler's Midwest Modern.

6. Most of the brushes are from Pugly Pixel (link 404), and generous DeviantARTists.

7. Mouseover jpg tutorial: Stranger Sensibilities.