By Stanley Cavell
An autobiography within the type of a philosophical diary, Little Did I Know's underlying reason is to explain the occasions of a existence that produced the type of writing linked to Stanley Cavell's identify. Cavell recounts his trip from early formative years in Atlanta, Georgia, via musical reports at UC Berkeley and Julliard, his next veering off into philosophy at UCLA, his Ph.D. reviews at Harvard, and his part century of training. Influential humans from numerous fields determine prominently or in passing over the process this memoir. J.L. Austin, Ernest Bloch, Roger classes, Thomas Kuhn, Robert Lowell, Rogers Albritton, Seymour Shifrin, John Rawls, Bernard Williams, W. V. O. Quine, and Jacques Derrida are not any longer with us; yet Cavell additionally will pay homage to the dwelling: Michael Fried, John Harbison, Rose Mary Harbison, Kurt Fischer, Milton Babbitt, Thompson Clarke, John Hollander, Hilary Putnam, Sandra Laugier, Belle Randall, and Terrence Malick. The float of his narrative additionally registers the decisiveness of the really unknown and the merely unintentional. Cavell's lifestyles has produced a path of a few eighteen released books that diversity from remedies of person writers like Wittgenstein, Austin, Emerson, Thoreau, Heidegger, Shakespeare, and Beckett to reviews in aesthetics, epistemology, ethical and political philosophy, cinema, opera, and faith.
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The moment came as my mother and father and I had just been driven, in a couple of cars, with whatever last belongings we could carry, to our new apartment on the north side of Atlanta, a world away from the house I had lived in from birth, where my mother’s ailing mother could get out of bed every day long enough to maintain the narrow bed of marigolds that lined our driveway there, and to teach me how to make the letters of the alphabet and how to play solitaire, and then double solitaire, which occupied precious moments of our mornings and afternoons, and where two of my mother’s younger brothers also lived, whom I idolized for their laughter and their roughhousing with me and teasing me and for liking to read the Sunday comics with me, and for their beauty and glamour when they dressed on weekends in their striped dress trousers and tuxedo jackets and left the house with their violins to play for people in some land where the people danced all night.
It is not an ingratiating quality. —Then why not ingratiating? That there is some early narcissistic investment in play here I do not doubt. Early narcissism may be thought of as a kind of necessary, if dangerous, postponement, say, a suspended recognition of separation, of a world apart from me, a wish to show oneself, to make oneself, hence one’s work, worthy of love. ) By late 1942, almost a year into the war, with several greatly expanded air bases close to Sacramento pouring money into the local economy, my father’s store began doing well enough to start paying off Part 1 27 its debts, as well as older debts my parents would sometimes allude to.
The very problem is that the world remains as it is, but pointlessly. What counts as a defense against another’s moods? July 9, 2003 I knew the details of my mother’s work at the Fox Theater (the most patently fabulous movie palace I have experienced, domes and minarets arising on its outside made of white bricks, while its inside viewing space suggested a Middle Eastern courtyard overarched by a night sky with visible stars and, I think this is right, moving clouds) from my having been picked to appear there, during the late summer 22 L I T T L E DI D I K N OW that I would turn seven, to be the youngest to perform in what its program called “The Fox Kiddie Review,” as part of a special stage show featuring the talents of children of whom the oldest and tallest was a girl of crushing beauty whom in retrospect I would guess to have been thirteen or fourteen years old, old enough to have developed a woman’s shape but not enough to be living without surveillance.