Well, it is the scariest time of year:
New English Review Press once again takes on the great ideas of our time in this sequel to The Terror of Existence by Theodore Dalrymple and Kenneth Francis. This volume adds another interesting mind to the mix: the philosopher Samuel Hux. Together these thinkers take on some of the most prominent philosophers influencing our age, pointing out strengths and weaknesses in their works, worldviews. and characters. Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Sartre, Machiavelli, Plato, Schopenhauer, John Stuart Mill and Bertrand Russell are covered as are the less well-known Trumbull Stickney and Jonathan Edwards. If you liked The Terror of Existence, you’ll love Neither Trumpets Nor Violins. It’s food for the mind.
So…if this is what I thought of The Terror of Existence, you’re telling me it will be all that and more? Sweet baby Jesus. I actually caught a glimpse of my face in the window as I read this news. I haven’t seen such a look of abject horror since that time I went trick-or-treating at Patrick Kurp’s house dressed as a copy of The Collected Free Verse of Joyce Carol Oates and Ralph Waldo Emerson. I was almost tempted to get a copy just for the fun of reviewing it, but fifteen bucks is too much to spend on an ironic joke.