Tuesday, May 23, 2017
A LAZY AFTERNOON
I just spent several hours watching this lecture by Noam Chomsky on Linguistics at the science branch of the University of Paris, which is just next to the Institut de Monde Arabe near my Paris Apartment in the 5th Arrondissement. The session was two hours long, recorded four years ago, and Noam spoke for about an hour and twenty minutes. He was, as you might expect, quiet, reserved, precise, and intelligent. It is always a delight to spend time with a clear, powerful mind. I already was familiar with much that he was saying because I recently read a book he co-authored [which is now packed away, so I cannot pull it off my shelves and tell you the title.] I remember him almost sixty years ago when he came to Harvard as a Junior Fellow and I was a young Instructor. Like all of us, he has aged, but his mind has not changed. I know we all look to him for political commentary these days, but this is the work for which he will be remembered centuries from now. It was a welcome relief from the chaos and disaster of our public world.