“A nude body solves every problem of the universe”

Dave Lull comes through again, this time with notice of what just might be the first book-length publication of Nicolás Gómez-Dávila’s aphorisms (Geary’s Guide, pp. 331-332)—or, scholia, as he called them—Scholia to an Implicit Text, in a review in the journal First Things. “If Gómez-Dávila is ever declared a saint, admittedly a very remote possibility, he should be taken up as the patron of nihilists—which is to say, of most of us on our worst days,” writes Matthew Walther. “His work is a complement to, if not a substitute for, gin, tobacco, and constant prayer.” There is also this piece by Chris R. Morgan in The American Conservative. Selected scholia:

 

Journalism was the cradle of literary criticism. The university is its grave.

 

Vulgarity consists not in what vulgar people do but in what pleases them.

 

Reading newspapers debases him whom it does not stultify.

 

The modern world shall not be punished. It is the punishment.

 

No folk tale has ever begun thus: ‘Once upon a time there was a president.’

 

Today there is no-one to fight for. Only against.

 

A nude body solves every problem of the universe.