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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Transsexual Stoicism

I love YouTube. If you type in ‘Stoicism’ what do you get? An articulate transsexual called Sophia (appropriate that, it means Wisdom in Greek) giving a talk on how she uses Stoicism as a coping mechanism for dealing with life.

She knows her stuff: she describes Stoicism very accurately, and talks about how learning to shrug Stoically at people’s disapproval has helped her survive as a transsexual living in the Bible Belt.

There is, in fact, a tradition of transsexual Stoicism – the philosophy to some extent emerged from Sophoclean tragedy, and the fount of all wisdom in Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus is…a transsexual, Tiresisas.

Musical therapy

Sorry I haven’t blogged much recently – had my once-every-two-months hectic week of magazine editing. Will have more time to blog soon. In the meantime, here’s a video of the Pixies live, way back in 1988, pretty much inventing indie rock when everyone else was playing shit synthesiser music. This was the first rock band I ever really loved, and I’ve never loved anyone quite as much since. First love eh?