Thom Jones

I Like It When Thom Jones’s First Person Narrators Break Into Essay in the Middle of a Short Story

Thirteen pages into “The Pugilist at Rest,” which is a twenty-three page story, which has up till now told a Vietnam War story, the first person narrator goes to white space, then returns with this:

“Theogenes was the greatest of gladiators. He was a boxer who served under the patronage of a cruel nobleman, a prince who took great delight in bloody spectacles. Although this was several hundred years before the times of those most enlightened of men Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and well after the Minoans of Crete, it still remains a high point in the history of Western civilization and culture. It was the approximate time of Homer, the greatest poet who ever lived. Then, as now, violence, suffering, and the cheapness of life were the rule.” READ MORE >

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November 29th, 2010 / 6:48 pm

Thom Jones and Schopenhauer

I Have Some FUNNY Ideas!

I Have Some FUNNY Ideas!

About fifteen years ago, or something like that, I read The Pugilist at Rest by Thom Jones. I liked it very much. I also thought it was funny how he chews over the same stuff in most of the stories. More than once, some character of his talks about Schopenhauer. I had read some Schopenhauer in college, but after reading The Pugilist at Rest, I decided to read some more. I liked him very much, more than any other philosopher at that time in my life. (I read very little philosophy, so that is not saying much.)  So, today, when I fell over a pile of books that are laying on the floor in my office,  I fell over Schopenhauer. And I found something really funny. Now, I am posting this excerpt, but  this is not to say he didn’t say lots of cool stuff, too. Anyway, here it is:


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March 7th, 2009 / 7:11 pm