Monday, August 24, 2009
I humbly seek employment
as a Great Philosopher.
I can start begging during the fast
to be whipped by wisdom
in a street with inverted signs.
Even pop stars know:
no shameful confusion;
no prospects for upward nobility.
When wisdom whips my eye,
only then will I demand
promotions toward the industry’s ultimate.
I humbly insist that destiny decrees
I be a chosen Great Philosopher
alongside the textbook hall-of-famers
featured in Ideas of the Great Philosophers.
Even such stratospheric aspirations
cannot sate my celebrity ambition
until I parlay my success
into a reality TV show:
'What is Truth?'
A Great Philosopher’s memory is long,
Alight this steadfast understanding-seeker;
afford me passage to gluttonous opportunity
and your staff shall be
my Season One Sophists.
As far as I recall we haven't advertised for a vacancy in this position. Once the incumbent has finished his term, I'm afraid there won't be a replacement. The role is being outsourced to a non-autocratic, semi-republican, post-monarchist system provider.
But we'll keep your details on file, should the philosophical climate change.
Diversity in Consciousness Dept.
Jon: thank you! are you in the philosophy game?
TWM: I'm pretty sure I could whip myself up a wiki entry.
Toast: Those non-autocratic, semi-republican, post-monorchist system providers get all the breaks.
Ivan: I will feed them tea and oranges that come all the way from China.
To accomplish your objective I am going to give you 2 tips, try to say shocking things about the world and try to appear on at least one ophra show.
I just sent a novel to a well known New York agent who goes by the monicker of Book Cohen.
MS: does Oprah allow shocking things on her show? I'll try.
Ivan: Book Cohen? That is funny. Seems he chose the right career, or the right name.
MD: You should know I'm a terrible, terrible actor.
from your question above:
am I in the philosophy game?
no choice anymore...
read too much Derrida for anyone's good... and my gf practices the lost craft... so between me studying and teaching literature and her teaching thinking we have nothing to talk about!
And congrats on what appears to be your first real publishing of you own novel.
X: they make a bloody fortune. mostly posthumously though, methinks.
Devin: I have but one book worth reading, and it won't be out until next year. But if you're still constrained by the American Dream at that time, I'll send you a copy then. But don't tell anyone.
Jon: I would think that combo would lead to some fascinating conversations.
Anon: good luck with Cohen - it's a name to bet on for sure.