david heti - thoughts

David Heti - thoughts

what a first sentence

What a first sentence:

I TAKE it for granted that all people of education will acknowledge some interest in the personal history of Immanuel Kant, however little their taste or their opportunities may have brought them acquainted with the history of Kant's philosophical opinions. --The Last Days of Immanuel Kant

[Incidentally, never no Emmanuelle **** hard or soft

Also, apparently Kant quite regularly held dinner [read: lunch] parties. And it is said of him:

Chiefly, perhaps, with a view to the sustaining of genial hilarity, he showed himself somewhat of an artist in the composition of his dinner parties. Two rules there were which he obviously observed, and I may say invariably: the first was, that the company should be miscellaneous; this for the sake of securing sufficient variety to the conversation: and accordingly his parties presented as much variety as the world of Königsberg afforded, being drawn from all varieties of life—men in office, professors, physicians, clergymen, and enlightened merchants.

I used to do the same thing sort of when I had an apartment in Montreal when I was a law student. On my birthdays I used to have (the most wonderful) parties to which I would invite only those people with whom I would want to go out for coffee. My thinking was that I would not want to have any interaction all evening I would not want to have. Only those people I would want to have even the slightest exchange with I would invite.

What would happen is that there would really be some delightful people meeting each other for the first time. One year a law student friend of mine spoke pretty poorly to a law Professor friend of mine whose face he did not know. He spoke pretty poorly about that very professor to whom he was speaking. It was quite hilarious.

Another time at the end of the night I had to throw up and so I excused myself and thew up. I returned to the two people left at the party and we continued to talk.