General musings on Hesse’s interpretation of Nietzsche in “Demian”

It is few and far apart that one finds themselves fully invested in a book. Twice I have been granted such investment. The first in Descartes Meditations, and a second time in Hesse’s Bildungsroman Demian, both for drastically different reasons. Despite both a small volume, it is often with books of a small size that … Continue reading General musings on Hesse’s interpretation of Nietzsche in “Demian”

On Education

Everyone agrees that education is hugely important. The thing is, we’re not particularly sure what we want from it. It’s clear that schools fail (not just on paper) a percentage of the students they see, whether it’s a highly academic private school or in troubled government run ones. Natural aptitudes, curious ingenuity and talent get … Continue reading On Education

Violin and I

From my “short” (it was half my life- 11 years) but extensive “career” as a performer, I learned that my stage fright was completely unpredictable. In tiny concert halls or large auditoriums, it would shake me at the most unexpected moments, but when I most expected it, it wasn’t there. I’ve suffered agonies of stage … Continue reading Violin and I