Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy: Awaken the Social Assassin Within (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
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What makes Larry a monster, and why doesn’t he know that he’s a monster? Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy discusses several answers to these questions.
This book revolves around Curb-Larry, the character that the real Larry David plays on HBO’s popular television series: his outlook on life, his unusual ways of interacting with people, his inability or unwillingness to conform to the world. Many of the chapters discuss ethical and existential issues, such as whether Larry is a “bad apple.”
Larry doesn’t ask questions about free will, or wonder whether the world outside our minds really exists because he’s more like Socrates than Descartes. He tells bitter truths about how we live our lives. There's something heroic about Larry's independence from social conventions, and something tragic about his tendency to hurt people with his frankness. It's hard not to ask, should we curb our enthusiasm?
I’m a survivor! COLBY: I’m a survivor! SOLLY: I’m a survivor! COLBY: I’m a survivor! —“The Survivor” (Season Four, Episode 9) Sweded: To be tricked by a Swedish lawyer whose scam is to convince you he is Jewish, because he knows you believe the stereotype that Jewish lawyers are the best. LARRY: I got Sweded. . . . So did you know Berg was a Swede? . . . He’s so devious. —“The Divorce” (Season Eight, Episode 1) Switzerland: Have you heard of Switzerland? It’s a country in Europe and they
the harder to enjoy it while it lasts.”3 Time truly is of the essence, and control over as much as possible needs to be given back to us. The problem today is that our so-called “free time” is simply not free enough. Leisure time is contaminated by its latent connection to work. Think of work and leisure as raisins and cashews. Suppose that, like Jeff and Larry, we love cashews but we’re not so crazy about raisins. When cashews are all that we really want, we can accept a few raisins here and
ourselves quite a task. (Larry David 1, Civility 0.) Let’s try at least to even the score. The crux of our position is that despite compelling arguments to the contrary, the fact that people just don’t do certain things is often a good reason to not do those things ourselves. And we believe this for two reasons. The first reason is that although rules of civility are not themselves moral rules—there’s nothing immoral per se about declining Susie’s invitation to tour her new home or not singing
When he is caught, he seems to be forgiven quickly. This narcissism may appear ideal in the successful womanizing philanderer, but it also has its corollary in psychoanalytic diagnosis and contemporary critiques of masculinity. Neurotic anxiety was caused by the internalization of fears thought to originate in the Oedipal complex, but Freudian descriptions of narcissistic development focus on the relationship of mother-infant relations. All infants have what Freud characterized as primary
But we really do live in a world where we’re mutually dependent on others. If we alienate and manipulate those others, we isolate ourselves, which inhibits our own growth as human beings. You Four-Eyed F@ck and You Fat Piece of Sh*t! JEFF: You never congratulated me on my new car. LARRY: What, are you kidding? JEFF: No, I’m not kidding. I was pretty hurt by it. LARRY: I never congratulated your new car? JEFF: I was hurt by it. —“AAMCO,” Season One If Larry’s neurosis was caused by