Achtung Korrektiv

Look, are we going to do this or not? I mean, the universe is broadcasting on an open channel here:


This article begins, “We have no idea what a self is. So how can we fix it?” Rally, Korrektiv, rally!


  1. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    Sorry, chief: Last month, I was literally snowed in; this month, I’m figuratively snowed under. I just don’t have the resources to kick off a Lost in the Cosmos Reading Klub this month.

    That said, I have gotten to about page 70 in said book, and would be happy to drop in, here and there, on a conversation initiated by another member of the Kollektiv.

    If no one else is up to start the discussion just yet, I’ll begin blogging on the book around early March.

  2. Quin Finnegan says

    Yes! And there is also this from the latest New York (not the New Yorker!) magazine:

    Today, there are at least 45,000 specimens in print of the optimize-everything cult we now call “self-help,” but few of them look anything like those classic step-by-step “howtos,” which MacDonald and his Establishment brethren handled only with bemused disdain. These days, self-help is unembarrassed, out of the bedside drawer and up on the coffee table, wholly transformed from a disreputable publishing category to a category killer, having remade most of nonfiction in its own inspirational image along the way.

  3. Sad story. Thanks.

  4. notrelatedtoted says

    I’m all for it.

  5. You are asking if we are going to New Orleans again this year, are you not? To which I say: YOU BET YOUR SWEET BIPPY.

    Also, as the resident pop culture aficionado, I would like to state for the record that Bill Hader is my favorite current SNL player.

    • notrelatedtoted says

      Oh, wooops. I thought this was an online type thing. Not a Lost Self Wandering the Deep South sort of thing.

      • Matthew Lickona says

        Well, there’s gonna be an online reading Klub for starters, to get everyone back into the groove. So please do join in!

        Expat, I hear there’s this hot new club in New Orleans, it’s called Swamp. They have everything: a toothless bouncer who looks like Victor Mature, droids, outhouses, a jukebox that plays only Air Supply and Winger, Everclear gummi bears, and an inflatable John Goodman.

        • Matthew Lickona says

          I am also asking if we are indeed going to do the Lost in the Cosmos online reading Klub that was mentioned earlier. We had talked about January. But apparently, that ain’t happening.

        • hee hee hoo hoo ha ha ha

          He is also an excellent game show host.

          Re: Reading Klub: we should do that, but in February.

        • Ellen Finnigan says

          He can never keep a straight face. But that just makes him funnier. Did you see the one with Martin Short, where he was playing the gynecologist? One of my favorite skits so far this season. I’ll never look at Judi Dench the same way again.

          • Southern Expat says

            Or watch Downton Abbey in the same light.

          • That was absolutely hysterical. Was that Martin Short? I thought it was Fred Armisen.

            • It was indeed Martin Short! That is the only SNL I’ve watched live in a long time. I wasn’t ever a huge Martin Short fan but I thought the promos for the show were funny and decided to watch it instead of having it on in the background while working, which is my usual mode of SNL consumption. It was a decent episode but that was probably the best clip.

  6. Quin Finnegan says

    Did Hader revive “You Bet Your Sweet Bippy!” or something? That is *good*. Kimmel couldn’t get away with that. Letterman would sound forced. Conan just might be able to bring it off, but I have my doubts even there.

  7. Interesting to note that “self” in Greek is αὐτός – which is roughly the same spelling of the nominative singular feminine demonstrative pronoun (i.e. “this woman”) – αὕτη

    (the only reason I know this is because my kids keep mixing the two up in their studies).

    At any rate, is this merely a coincidence of spelling or did the Greeks recognize that the self is that feminine side we’re all trying to get in touch with?


  8. Where the heck is The Pot anyway, and how does Lickona have time to break away from script doctoring World War Z?

  9. I am thinking of submitting a paper!

  10. Ellen Finnigan says

    I Totes McGotes want to check out this conference. I wish someone would give a talk speculating as to what Percy would have to say about pharmaceuticals being 21st century’s go-to for self help: malaise, anxiety, and depression as chemical imbalance. Human problems: spiritual, psychological, or physiological? While giving said talk, speaker should wear one of these.

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