Some More Thoughts on Aikido

Though aikido is enmeshed a densely literate web — one has only to think of the tanka and other writings, not to mention the calligraphy of the Founder O Sensei himself — its primary mode of learning is physical.

It you are looking for an advance rational explanation, you are wasting your time. This is because aikido aims at inscribing its logic into your own bodies, where it will lodge until you transpire, or at least as long as your body responds to your mind.

That is the dilemma I in particular face returning to aikido in my late seventies. My thought moves faster than my body, though It too is destined to decay. Already is.


There is admittedly something here of the zen master’s twacking with a stick the novice  monk who is meditating rationally about the meaning of a  koan.  But aikido is not zen, zen is not aikido.

Maxillian Issued Edicts in Nahuatl

Michael Ledger-Lomas · Finished Off by Chagrin: Monarchs and Emperors · LRB 21 July 2022.

The Last Emperor of Mexico: A Disaster in the New World 
by Edward Shawcross.
Faber, 336 pp., £20, January, 978 0 571 36057 4

King Leopold’s Ghostwriter: The Creation of Persons and States in the 19th Century 
by Andrew Fitzmaurice.
Princeton, 592 pp., £35, February, 978 0 691 14869 4

The Kaiser and the Colonies: Monarchy in the Age of Empire 
by Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Oxford, 416 pp., £90, February, 978 0 19 289703 9



I tend to be not unsympathetic to rather uninterested in
complaints migrants, voluntary or not, make about cultural and linguistic displacement, since I knew by the age of fifteen that I didn’t want to be the American I was raised to be. I wanted out, myself. I did have some vague idea of the consequences.

Neumatt is miniseries turning around the dilemmas faced by bourgedis enterpreneurs, in this case family dairy farmers. There’sots of milk, plus a gamut of registers of Swiss German, a gay triangle, among other romantic / sexual relationships. Everyone ishappy in the end. Even the cows.

On Gramsci, Jm Lariri