David Hume. The Stoic. 'The great end of all human
industry, is the attainment of happiness.' I wish all the idiot
politicians would read this essay – they seem to think the great
end of human industry is to increase the GDP! The thesis is
basically that man is a rough diamond elevated by art, learning, and
most of all by virtue.
Emily Dickinson. The Only News I Know, and Chartless.
The Only News I Know is a religious poem. Very uneven, I thought,
and not particularly interesting. Chartless ditto: another religious
poem about knowing heaven exists even with no evidence whatsoever. 'I
never saw a moor/ I never saw the sea...'
Graham Greene. The Basement Room (1936). A
brilliantly written story about a young boy who witnesses something
no child should ever see.