Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Montaigne: The Depravity of Our Morals

“Our judgments follow the depravity of our morals and remain sick,” wrote Michel de Montaigne in his essay On Cato the Younger (Essay XXXVII, Book I, Screech translation, Penguin Classics, 2003). That’s quite a condemnation.* Montaigne opens that essay by quietly commenting, “I do not suffer from that common failing of judging another man by ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The Mash-Up Mentality

With derivative art invading our cultural spaces like never before, is this the start of a new artistic movement or the death of originality? In 1951, the science-fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon said 90 per cent of everything is crap. Since … Continue reading →