New York City, NY -- August 31, 2007

Reading A Kierkegaard Anthology, edited by Robert Bretall. He is addicted to reading and also to Kierkegaard.

This book is about death and despair, taken from his journal, which, he believes, is some of Kierkegaard's best writing.

Despair, you chose it, when life becomes difficult, when choice of death is not possible. The agony of death is overwhelming. We live in a state of hopelessness.

In this postmodern period we are dislocated. There’s no unity, there’s disunity and this is the definition of despair, so we seek alcohol, drugs, things to ease our pain.

His favorites—in addition to Kierkegaard, he admires Kant and Camus. He reads a lot of philosophy. Reads all the stuff that people won’t read.

His own book—it would be about understanding where he is in the moment, beginning with... me!

Thirty years ago he used to read and discuss books with his son and daughter and friends. They read Mother Courage, by Bertolt Brecht. They read a lot of books about the nature of politics.

He’s trying to get into reading fiction.

What he likes about NYC—he likes the energy, the creative energy of the people. He wishes, though, that people would be more communicative.

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